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Latitude and NOAA successfully complete test flights
May 8, 2019

April 17-18 – Arizona – L3 Latitude, in conjunction with NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), successfully completed three flights testing both altitude and payload. Specifically, the second flight achieved 10k MSL (13,350 ft Density altitude) along with verification of NOAA’s payload integration and operation. Together, this verifies performance of the aircraft, and its A33N engine,…

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L3 Awarded Patent for Innovative Hybrid Quadrotor Technology
January 8, 2019

–Technology Improves and Enhances Vertical Control of Unmanned Aircraft– Plano, Texas, January 8, 2019 – L3 Technologies has been issued a patent that covers key functionality of the Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. The patent includes a combined pitch and forward thrust control for unmanned aircraft systems, which allows for…

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60-Mile-Long Drone Inspection Flight Points to the Future
January 8, 2019

by Tom Sawyer December 27, 2018 – Black & Veatch announced in December the successful conclusion of a 60-mile-log, non-stop, proof-of-concept drone-based inspection flight conducted by a remote pilot in a command center miles away in rural Illinois. The flight was made on Nov. 8 as part of three days of test flights operating beyond visual…

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NUAIR moving closer to drone test flights tracked by radar
December 18, 2018

  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The NUAIR Alliance for unmanned aerial vehicles, based in Central New York, is on the verge of a huge development for the industry. NUAIR is waiting for approval any day now from the FAA to be able to start test flying drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight in a 6-mile…

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LATITUDE AWARDED NOAA PHASE II SBIR
May 24, 2018

Latitude received a Phase II SBIR award from NOAA to continue development of the HQ-55 unmanned aircraft. The HQ-55 is intended to maximize the available payload and endurance in a VTOL vehicle under the Part 107 55lb weight limit. Goals of the Phase II project include completion of production engineering, testing aboard NOAA science vessels,…

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HQ AT XPONENTIAL AND SOFIC
May 23, 2018

Latitude and HQ technology was well represented at AUVSI’s Xponential 2018 and SOFIC in May.  In addition to our partners showing various HQ capabilities, Latitude displayed for the first time in public the HQ-55, a new UAV which maximizes payload and endurance in a VTOL, under-55lb, part 107 capable aircraft.

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HQ-40 FEATURED IN DRONE DELIVERY ARTICLE
March 12, 2018

Latitude’s HQ technology and our work with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s drone program was featured in an NPR article discussing how medical support may drive the adoption of drone delivery services.

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HQ-55 FIRST FLIGHT
December 19, 2017

Latitude Engineering successfully flew its newest airframe, the HQ-55, completing a Phase 1 NOAA SBIR. The Part 107 compliant aircraft flawlessly preformed multiple auto-hovers and a short flight on December 12, 2017. Phase II is expected to entail refinement of the design, and testing of the automated launch and recovery from a moving ship. This…

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LATITUDE IN THE NEWS
November 30, 2017

  NOV 20 – WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Latitude and EagleEye Intelligence were recently recognized by WPTV News. With EagleEye’s support, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is deploying HQ aircraft for search and rescue.

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