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					The UAV RQ-21A System, Using Hood Tech’s Launcher, Completes First Sea
Flight

Hood Tech’s new Mark 4 launcher sends the RQ-21A UAV airborne for its
first flight at sea.

Hood River, OR, April 03, 2013 -- According to a press release from the
US Navy, on March 19, 2013 Hood Tech’s new UAV launcher, the Mark 4,
successfully lunched the RQ-21A small tactical unmanned aircraft system
(STUAS) for its first flight at sea (http://rpdefense.over-
blog.com/article-rq-21a-uav-flies-at-sea-on-uss-mesa-verde-
116422713.html, http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-
view/release/3/143606/rq_21a-uav-flies-at-sea-on-uss-mesa-verde.html).
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde was the
site of the first and successful set of operations as part of the sea
trials for the Hood Tech launcher, part of the RQ-21A system. “We’re
pleased to be supporting the success of this new system”, said Cory
Roeseler, the Chief Engineer for Hood Tech’s launcher systems. “We hope
the Navy is equally pleased.”

When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing UAV launchers and innovative
retrieval systems for small UAVs, those innovations enabled the
elimination of runways for launch and retrieval. This freed aircraft for
shipboard use, for deployment in irregular or disrupted landscapes, and
for other difficult locations. Showing their ruggedness and reliability,
Hood Tech launchers have initiated tens of thousands of flights under the
extreme environments of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and aboard ships
in the oceans around the globe.

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in
1992. In addition to the design and manufacture of launch systems, Hood
Technology:

Provides zip test services for pre-flight safety verification of
experimental aircraft and components.

Owns and maintains a silent wind tunnel for measuring UAV engine and prop
noise in accordance with MILSTD1474.

Develops, tests, and manufactures stabilized imaging systems for a
variety of UAVs

Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a
diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.

The Hood Tech web site is:   www.hoodtech.com

Contact:
Cory Roeseler
Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc
Hood River, Oregon
541 387-2255
cory@hoodtech.com
http://www.hoodtech.com

				
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