Xponential 2019: Hood Tech Mechanical Develops VTOL Flying Launch and Recovery System

Hood Tech Mechanical has developed a flying launch and recovery system (FLARES) that uses a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to launch and recover fixed-wing UAVs weighing roughly 13–40 kg. Cory Roeseler, company engineer, told Jane’s on 1 May that FLARES uses a wing root gripper, similar to how a falcon...

Hood Tech Mechanical has developed a flying launch and recovery system (FLARES) that uses a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to launch and recover fixed-wing UAVs weighing roughly 13–40 kg.

Cory Roeseler, company engineer, told Jane’s on 1 May that FLARES uses a wing root gripper, similar to how a falcon or an eagle catches a fish, for example, to attach to the fixed-wing UAV. FLARES then rises off the ground, an operator waits for the fixed-wing UAV to activate its autopilot and have its engine achieve full revolutions per minute (RPM), before an operator commands FLARES to release the fixed-wing UAV and allowing it to take flight.

Source: www.janes.com