The US Navy is testing a radical new drone that can take off and land vertically with just a few feet of free space
- The V-Bat is unique among military drones and can take off and land vertically
- With this function he can work in spaces as small as 20×20 feet
- With a lower footprint, the drone is more secretive and easier to use
- Makers, MartinUAV, say it has applications in reconnaissance and anti-piracy
The US Navy is testing a radical new style of long-range drone that can take off and land vertically, making it deployable almost anywhere.
The V-Bat drone, which has recently completed a fly test over the Atlantic, can be equipped with an 8 pound. load capacity, travel for eight hours at a time and has applications for surveillance, combat, GPS maps and more.
In an earlier test, the V-Bat pushed the limits of its ceiling height, rose to a height of 15,000 feet and returned safely.
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The defining function of V-Bat, the vertical landing and takeoff, make it unique and in some ways more capable than other drones used in military operations, according to MartinUAV
& # 39; With these milestones, V-BAT has demonstrated all the key performance parameters we set for it two years ago & # 39 ;, said Phillip Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Martin UAV in a statement.
& # 39; The focus of the engineering team will now shift to improving and refining these options to better meet and exceed the requirements of the war fighter. & # 39;
The defining function of V-Bat, the vertical landing and takeoff, make it unique and in some ways more capable than other drones used in military operations, according to MartinUAV.
While some unmanned vehicles require sufficient space and even a combination of slingshots and nets to launch and reclaim, the V-Bat only requires a space of 20×20 feet from which to embark and return.
The V-Bat is ready to revolutionize drone technology by allowing pilots to take off and land vertically in small spaces.
In one demonstration, the company even landed the vehicle in the bed of a moving truck.
The drone, remotely controlled via a briefcase lie console, is also the only device that operates on a single engine that propels a guided fan and is able to switch from a vertical to an & # 39 at any point during its flight ; stare & # 39; alignment.
As noted by The ride, the confluence of the V-Bat of landing and take-off with & # 39; low foot-print & # 39; and his ability to perform long-range missions have made him attractive to various branches of the US Army.
V-Bat can take off in just 20×20 feet and is controlled by a pilot using an external briefcase-like unit
WHAT IS V-BAT AND WHAT CAN IT DO?
V-Bat is a new new type of drone that is being tested by the US Army.
What separates the drone from others of its kind is the fact that it can take off and land vertically.
The drone sheds the need for a runway and can easily be deployed in urban environments.
Some features as noted by the makers of the drone, MartinUAV, are:
- Autonomous vertical start
- Autonomous vertical landing
- Dash Speed 90 knots and transportable urban operations
- Electric, gas, heavy fuel options
Switching from the current reconnaissance drone of the army, the RQ-7 shadow, would free soldiers from the need for long runways and also provide them with much-needed stealth – drive systems in the V-Bat are apparently much quieter than their counterparts.
V-Bats still have to be widely used by the military – apart from a small commitment to anti-narcotics missions – but The Drive points out that the possibilities of V-Bats fit well into the image of the Pentagon & # 39; s vision of more and more urban war zones.
& # 39; Megacities & # 39; are probably the epicenter of future fight scenarios according to The Pentagon, meaning that tools such as V-Bat, which can be easily deployed from a relatively small space, can be crucial
Depending on whether the military takes over the V-Bat on a larger scale, the technology can also find its way to other, more domestic applications, fueled by lower costs and increased demand.
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