Quantum-Systems has developed a hybrid UAV that can be transformed by switching between straight wing flight and vertical takeoff..
Traditionally all unmanned aerial vehicles are divided into two main groups, depending on the method of ascent into the air. Winged devices need space for takeoff and landing, but they can move faster and cover long distances, so they are usually used for reconnaissance, observation and assessment of destruction..
Another type of aircraft takes off vertically, similar to a helicopter. Such drones have good maneuverability, can hover and land in a small open area, but mix with less efficiency, which limits their scope..
This is usually not a big problem, and each of the options has many practical uses. However, mobile military units, depending on the current situation, may have a need for both types of drones. Therefore, Quantum-Systems engineers have developed a transforming UAV 2 in 1.
In fixed wing mode, it is called Vector and in this form it is capable of flying continuously for two hours at a cruising speed of 30-40 km / h. In drone mode, it is called the Scorpion and can fly for 45 minutes at speeds from 0 to 29 km / h. Several camera configurations are available in each mode.
The hybrid UAV is powered by its own open source Auterion operating system.
Recall that since last year us army is testing disposable plywood drones capable of developing speed up to 280 km / h.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Quantum-Systems
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