Hood Tech’s 2nd Generation Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES 2) logged its 1,000th flight this month.
HOOD RIVER, OR, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hood Tech’s 2nd Generation Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES 2) logged its 1,000th flight this month, maintaining a 99.9% safety record. FLARES consists of a releasable multicopter that adds vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability to various fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. The current system can carry 85-pounds and has suffered only 1 mishap in 1,000 flights.
FLARES achieves unmatched reliability through extensive redundancy and generous power margins.
• FLARES has launched and/or recovered 7-different fixed-wing aircraft types.
• Operation in harsh environments:
o 115F Desert heat
o -20F Arctic cold
o 9,600ft density altitude
o Continuous rain
o Up to 40 knot winds
• Operation from a US Navy DDG ship, rolling +/-5 degrees.
• Expansion to 175lb fixed-wing aircraft: FLARES 3, Hood Tech’s larger system, has logged over 100 safe flights while maintaining a 99% safety record.
• D-FLARES, repurposes the system for short-range cargo delivery; maritime Vertical Resupply (VERTREP) for example. To demonstrate, a 52lb Honda generator was delivered to the bed of a pickup truck.
• Hood Tech’s training program has certified dozens of US Navy personnel as qualified FLARES operators
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