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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.

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.

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.

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   10,144,511   10,183,741   10,293,929   10,457,389   10,501,176   10,569,868   10,577,094   10,549,851   10,538,318   10,538,319   10,583,920   10,597,149   10,696,388   10,696,419   10,696,385   10,730,615   10,836,477   10,899,441   11,027,844

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:

15/375,909    15/431,033    15/431,163   15/431,202    15/431,253    15/431,529   15/431,549    15/431,571    15/432,465   15/432,483    15/433,520    15/433,563    15/433,686    15/433,697    15/434,703   15/434,722    15/434,735    15/434,745   15/458,404    15/600,032    15/679,801   15/873,487    15/966,356     16/119,283   16/119,301

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