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- Reference Technologies Announces its HummingbirdTM Line of Hybrid VTOL Unmanned Aerial Systems.
- Visit us at the 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems / North America in Orlando, Florida. May 12th thru 15th in Booth 2427
Ground Control Station (Mobile)
The Mobile Ground Control Station is a completely autonomous flight operations van with its own 100 KW generator, air conditioning and heating system. The M-GCS has three pilot stations and three sensor stations with conference and observation areas. Internet service is provided via satellite dish and aircraft telemetry and control are linked via auto-tracking antennas. Voice communications are provided between ground based and airborne observers as well as FAA personnel and local airport authorities via UHF and VHF radios.
Hummingbird II™ UAS
The Hummingbird II™ is the company's newest Hybrid VTOL product providing flight duration in excess of 4 hours and a payload capacity of 15 pounds. In addition, the aircraft has four hard points for client payloads with the ability to remotely deploy or retain the payloads depending on mission requirements. Up to 750 watts of DC power are also available for client payloads. Two additional models, the Hummingbird I™ with a flight duration of 2+ hours and a 5 pound payload and the Hummingbird III™ with a flight duration of 6+ hours and payload capacity in excess of 35 pounds will be available in early 2014.
Coming in 2013
Following discussions with clients, prospects and aerospace consultants, the three major issues facing today's battery powered VTOL UAS technology is: 1) limited flight duration, 2) limited payload capacity and 3) the absence of deployable payload components. To address these key issues, Reference Technologies has spent the past 18 months designing an innovative solution to address the current limited flight duration of battery powered micro-UAS air frames while increasing payload capacity and the ability to deploy mission specific payloads.
The ReferenceTEK solution is the Hummingbird II™ with a flight duration in excess of four hours which includes a live video system and four hard points for the release of payloads at either ground level or AGL. Specific design elements are proprietary with patent applications in progress.