Monday, April 10, 2006

SkyTote Vertical Take-off UAV

Engineers at the US Air Force Research Lab and AeroVironment Inc are working on the SkyTote unmanned aircraft.

The SkyTote takes off vertically like a helicopter then flies like an airplane at up to 200km/hr (125 mi/hr).

The SkyTote is 8 feet tall, weighs just over 200 pounds and has a 52 horsepower engine. It can carry a 50 pound payload up to 150 miles to land and take-off vertically.

The unit operates autonomously but a pilot can take control if it runs into trouble.

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