Rohnert Park, Calif.-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Arcturus UAV has unveiled JUMP, a new vertical takeoff and landing system for the company's T-20 and T-16 fixed-wing UAVs.
Arcturus reports that booms fitted with vertical lift motors and rotors are mounted to each wing to provide vertical lift for takeoff and landing. Vertical lift motors, Arcturus adds, are shut off for winged flight, and propellers are feathered longitudinally for minimum drag.
The company says that transition to winged flight is achieved by the Piccolo autopilot using Latitude Engineering's Hybrid-Quadrotor technology. All flight control is fully autonomous, Arcturus notes.
According to the company, JUMP-fitted Arcturus UAVs require no special launch equipment and do not need runways for launching or landing. JUMP can be transported and operated by two technicians, Arcturus adds, and once on-site, the system can be set up and ready for flight in less than 15 minutes.
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