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TEXTRON SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATES AEROSONDE HQ WITH VTOL CAPABILITY
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November 22, 2016

By Patrick C. Miller OCTOBER 27 – Textron Systems has not only added vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) ability to its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS), but can also fit the entire aircraft and ground control station into a single pickup. Earlier this month, the company completed a successful customer demonstration of the UAS—known as the…

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HQ-60B UTILIZED TO STUDY SEA-SURFACE MICROLAYER
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November 10, 2016

NOVEMBER 10 – Latitude Engineering recently worked with Schmidt Ocean Institute on their research vessel, Falkor which has been sailing from Darwin in Northern Australia to the Island of Guam in the Western Pacific. The group has been utilizing Latitude’s HQ-60B airframe to study the sea-surface microlayer. After equipping the UAV with a payload suite including…

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TEXTRON SYSTEMS TOUTS HYBRID ‘AEROSONDE HQ’ SMALL DRONE
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October 6, 2016

Article and photo by Bill Carey Textron Systems has at least one potential customer for a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) version of its Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system. The Aerosonde Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ) adds four rotors to what is otherwise a catapult-launched fixed-wing aircraft.“Our customer has asked us for an estimate in terms of time…

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POPULAR SCIENCE COVERS HQ FLIGHT
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September 29, 2016

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…

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BUFFETT’S 167-YEAR-OLD RAILROAD TESTS SKIES FOR THE DRONE AGE
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August 30, 2016

by Thomas Black – Before some cutting-edge online retailer can use a drone to drop granola bars on your doorstep, a railroad born when Abe Lincoln was in Congress will first have to iron out the kinks. BNSF Railway Co. is flying drones as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) along the New Mexico desert to inspect tracks,…

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HQ-60 SETS NEW STANDARD FOR TIME ALOFT
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August 10, 2016

CAMP ROBERTS – AUGUST 9-10, 2016 – Latitude Engineering, with a team coordinated by L-3 Unmanned Systems, consisting of Power4Flight, Trillium Engineering, and Silvus Technologies, participated in the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program (JIFX). Hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School at the California National Guard’s Camp Roberts, JIFX provides an environment to encourage innovation and collaboration between DoD, government agencies, various industries, and universities.  Special Operations Forces, the National…

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LATITUDE PARTNERS WITH ROBOTIC SKIES FOR GLOBAL MAINTENANCE
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July 29, 2016

JULY 28 – TUCSON, AZ, and ALBUQUERQUE, NM, –Latitude Engineering, LLC, and Robotic Skies, LLC  announced today that they have partnered to develop and implement a global maintenance plan for the Latitude Engineering line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) products. As part of the agreement, Robotic Skies will provide warranty program and field support management for Latitude Engineering customers…

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HQ-20 DEMONSTRATES VTOL CAPABILITY FROM A NOAA SHIP DECK
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June 27, 2016

JUNE 17-21 – HAWAII -With support from NOAA and the R/V Oscar Elton Sette, Latitude Engineering conducted ship-based flight operations, testing Latitude’s 20 lb class Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ-20). Over three days, five flights were conducted, successfully demonstrating vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) from a confined area on the ship’s fantail in winds exceeding 20 knots. This proof-of-concept event demonstrates the unique capabilities of Latitude’s…

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HQ-40 RECEIVES EXPERIMENTAL CERTIFICATION
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June 2, 2016

PLAYAS, NEW MEXICO – June 02, 2016 – Latitude Engineering and BNSF Railway’s UAS Program, along with BNSF aviation consultants Padina Group and Bihrle Applied Research acquired FAA Experimental certification for two HQ-40 aircraft used in BNSF’s Pathfinder program (beyond line of sight UAS integration into the national airspace). The 10 month effort culminated at…

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LATITUDE JOINS L-3, TRILLIUM AND SILVUS AT JIFX
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May 19, 2016

CAMP ROBERTS – MAY 9-13, 2016 – The Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program (JIFX) — hosted by the Naval post graduate school at the California National Guard’s Camp Roberts — provides an environment to encourage and achieve innovation and collaboration between DoD, government agencies, various industries, and universities. Special Operations Forces (SOF), National Guard, and…

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