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The U.S. Navy is testing a radical new style of long-distance drone that can take off and land vertically, making it deployable from almost anywhere.
The V-Bat drone, which recently completed a fly-test over the Atlantic Ocean can be equipped with an 8 lbs. payload, travel for eight hours in one sitting, and has applications in surveillance, combat, GPS mapping, and more.
Test - V-Bat - Boundaries - Ceiling - Altitude
In prior test, the V-Bat pushed the boundaries of its ceiling altitude, soaring to a height of 15,000 feet and returning safely.
'With these milestones, V-BAT has demonstrated all of the key performance parameters we set for it two years ago,' said Phillip Jones, Martin UAV’s Chief Operating Officer in a statement.
Focus - Engineering - Team - Capabilities - Meet
'The focus for the engineering team will now shift to enhancing and refining these capabilities to even better meet & exceed warfighter requirements.'
V-Bat's defining feature, vertical landing and take-off, make it unique and in some ways, more capable, than other drones used in military operations, according to MartinUAV.
Vehicles - Space - Combination - Catapults - Nets
While some unmanned vehicles require ample space and even a combination of catapults and nets to launch and reclaim, the V-Bat requires only a a 20x20 foot space from which it can embark and return.
In one demonstration, the company even showed the vehicle landing in the bed of a moving truck.
The drone, operated remotely...
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