Every aspect of Hood Tech’s VTOL system (FLARES) has been engineered to provide vertical launch capability to fixed-wing UAVs without compromising the mission. An extraordinary design allows for zero airframe changes, zero impact on endurance, and an increase in UAV useful load. Small wingtip hooks are generally all that is needed to prepare a UAV for VTOL operations.
Built to deliver maximum versatility and uncompromising utility, FLARES can adapt to your airframe and your mission. Without the need to add bulky parts or make structural changes, FLARES is configurable to an assortment of fixed-wing UAVs.
FLARES components are generously sized with built-in redundancy, resulting in a robust system with ample safety margins. The combination of true motor out redundancy and unparalleled performance has translated to a perfect safety record. With a motor failure, FLARES can complete a launch/recovery sequence safely without secondary damage. Real-world tests demonstrate the ability to operate above 10,000-foot density altitudes in gusts exceeding 30-knots. FLARES systems have been rigorously tested in extreme conditions from -20C up to +45C in rain, snow, and dust.
The Hood Tech Mechanical team provides training and onsite support. Team members are on call 24/7 to answer questions or help with any issues that might arise. Should something get damaged, we stock a full complement of parts capable of getting you back in the air with minimal downtime.
Various apparatus, components, and methods of operation of the Hood Tech’s VTOL system (FLARES) are covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents:
9,359,075 9,656,765 10,141,511 10,183,741 10,293,929 10,457,389 10,501,176 10,538,318 10,538,319 10,549,851 10,569,868 10,577,094 10,583,920 10,589,851 10,597,149 10,633,085 10,696,385 10,696,388 10,696,419 10,696,420 10,730,615 10,745,121 10,752,345 10,752,357 10,836,477 10,899,441 10,988,257 11,027,844 11,204,612 11,235,892 11,286,059 11,299,264 11,312,492 11,414,187 11,524,797 11,639,236 11,667,398 11,697,509
Various apparatus, components, and methods of operation of the Hood Tech’s VTOL system (FLARES) may be covered by one or more of the following U.S. patent applications:
15/873,487 16/119,301 16/568,978 16/737,429 16/902,336 16/902,637 16/906,339 17/238,689 17/246,969 2021/0237901 17/579,242