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FLARES

FLYING LAUNCH & AIRBORNE RECOVERY SYSTEM

UAV VTOL
Without Compromise

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.

Fixed wing military UAV ready for vertical launch.

Multi-platform Capable

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.

VTOL system landing after releasing fixed wing UAV.

Small footprint for Land and Sea Operations

Quick tool-less assembly, and small operating footprint allow fixed-wing UAV operations in confined areas. With solutions for ship deployment, there is almost nowhere FLARES can’t launch and recover.

Engineered with Generous Margins and Redundancy

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.

Close up of VTOL drone used for launching fixed wing UAVs.
UAV VTOL system being carried by operator, ready for assembly.
Support

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.

Patents

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

Applications

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

Vertical take off and landing systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.

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