Urban Aeronautics' Panda UAV makes flight debut

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The prototype of Urban Aeronautics' Panda ducted fan unmanned air vehicle has completed its first series of test flights. "The flights were successful and will be resumed soon," chief executive Dr Rafi Yoeli said on 21 May.

The Panda is a smaller version of the Israeli company's Mule UAV, which is designed for frontline forces resupply and medical evacuation missions. The Panda is powered by two electric motors, each driving 0.5m (1.6ft)-diameter rotors. The Panda is 1.5m long and 0.8m wide and has a maximum take-off weight of 22kg (48.5lb), including a useful payload of 1.5kg.

Test activities will resume after the UAV's flight-control computers have been updated following analysis of the initial flights.

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