Denver-based Frontline Aerospace has released images captured from its video of the 9 August first flight of its 18.6kg (41lb) vertical take-off and landing Swift Tactical Aerial Resource (V-STAR) unmanned air vehicle prototype. Remote controlled today, its autonomous systems are in development and a vertical lift fan will be added for flights in early 2010. V-STAR is to be offered as a product that will compete in the small tactical class against the likes of the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle.

Frontline Aerospace (V-STAR) unmanned air vehicle
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Frontline Aerospace (V-STAR) unmanned air vehicle prototype

Source: Flight International