UAV pioneer unveils new design for long-endurance VTOL aircraft

Tad McGeer, an unmanned aircraft pioneer who designed the Aerosonde and ScanEagle, has now unveiled a vertical take-off and landing, long-endurance aircraft in the same size class called Flexrotor.

The 19kg (42lb) Flexrotor is designed to challenge the ScanEagle forthe commercial and military surveillance markets, says McGeer,president of Washington-based start-up Aerovel.McGeer’s goal is to dramatically reduce the cost of long-enduranceaircraft, which he believes remains uncompetitive with even short-rangemanned aircraft for the same missions. Continue reading…

Aerovel Flexrotor Concept.jpg(Source: Aerovel, Graphic: Flightglobal)

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