AAI jumps into cargo UAS market with slowed rotor/compound helo

RQ-7 Shadow and Aerosonde-maker AAI Corp. wants to develop a new slowed rotor/compound aircraft as a cargo-carrying unmanned aircraft system, my colleague John Croft reports today.

Read the full article here: AAI Grabs technology stake in fledgling Carter

The aircraft shown above could be pursued under a 40-year agreement signed between AAI and Carter to develop the latter’s slowed rotor/compound technology.

AAI’s announcement is the latest move by a UAS supplier to target the mostly untapped market for moving cargo using unmanned aircraft. I’ve been trying to keep a close eye as the cargo UAS mission as it has developed over the last two years. AAI would face no shortage of competition if Carter’s stopped rotor/compound designs proves feasible.

See also:

Oct 2: US Air Force and army seek unmanned cargo aircraft concepts

Aug 10: AUVSI: Lockheed/Kaman team and Boeing to face off for cargo UAV

June 15: Paris Air Show – Day 1

May 7: US Army remains undecided on cargo re-supply by UAVs


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One Response to AAI jumps into cargo UAS market with slowed rotor/compound helo

  1. Mutt 19 November, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Linky no worky. Try http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/11/18/335197/aai-grabs-technology-stake-in-fledgling-carter.html

    Don’t see the logic myself — Carter has for years been promising the moon without delivering — but it can’t be worse than Bell’s other concepts (umanned 609, HV911, etc.)

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