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POPULAR SCIENCE COVERS HQ FLIGHT

By Kelsey Atherton –

At 2:06 in the afternoon on August 9th, four propellers lifted an unusual drone into the sky. Exactly 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds, the drone finally landed, settling back to earth at 12:39 P.M. on August 10th. It landed as the holder of a new record: the longest flight by a vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL, aircraft. The record, claimed by Latitude Engineering’s HQ-60 Hybrid Quadrotor, surpassed the previous record set by Boeing’s A160 Hummingbird drone helicopter in 2012.

Full Popular Science Article here.