hybrid quadrotor™ technology
LATITUDE HAS DEVELOPED A NEW CONCEPT FOR LONG ENDURANCE VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING ENABLING A ROLE-EXPANDING CAPABILITY FOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS.
Hybrid Quadrotor technology offers an innovative and logistically simple solution to the problem of vertical takeoff and landing: it combines the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a quadrotor and the efficiency, speed, and range of a normal fixed-wing aircraft.
Hybrid Quadrotor technology OFFERS SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OVER EXISTING “RUNWAY INDEPENDENT” UNMANNED AIR SYSTEMS, INCLUDING:
- Reduced operational footprint – no runway requirement, no approach obstacle issues, no launch/recovery infrastructure required.
- Portability – by eliminating launch and recovery equipment, there are significantly fewer items to transport and ship.
- Lower initial system cost – no launch and recovery infrastructure or expensive aircraft sensors required for VTOL capability.
- Reduced ongoing operational costs – fewer complex and cumbersome system elements to maintain, fewer people required to operate the system.