Adaptive Flight's (booth 1029) Hornet Micro helicopter unmanned air vehicle was to fly yesterday at Webster Field, Maryland. The rotorcraft is designed to perform close-range reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
With a mass of 2.4lb, the Hornet has a 20min-plus endurance using an electric motor to power its 28in-diameter rotor for a cruise speed of 30kt at an operating altitude of 3,500ft. With an automatic take-off and landing capability the Hornet will fly pre-programmed waypoints.
Above: Adaptive Flight's president Henrik Christophersen holds his Hornet Micro rotorcraft UAV at the Webster Field demo on 10 August 2009
Operators can pan and zoom the Hornet's digital camera with its picture relay in near real-time or downloaded later for post-mission analysis. Atlanta based-Adaptive says the UAV could be used for law enforcement, industrial applications, fire and rescue, and military operations. Webster Field is an annex of Patuxent River NAS.