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					Hood Tech’s New Mark 4 Launches RQ-21A UAV

Hood Tech’s new Mark 4 launcher joins the new RQ-21A small tactical
unmanned aircraft system (STUAS) in sea trials for the US Navy.

Hood River, OR, USA, April 03, 2013 -- According to a posting of an
announcement by the US Navy, accompanied by photographs
(http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.NAVAIRNewsStory&id=
5262), the new small tactical unmanned air system (STUAS) RQ-21A
completed its first ship-based flight on February 10, 2013. The final
photo in the posting features Hood Tech’s Mark 4 launcher in its first
run at sea, on the LPD-class USS Mesa Verde in the Gulf of Mexico. “We’re
delighted to be supporting the RQ-21A and through it the US Navy”, said
Cory Roeseler, Chief Engineer for Hood Tech Corp. Mechanical, Inc. “We
believe the Navy will be well-served by the RQ-21A, and we have increased
the capabilities of our launcher line to improve the capacity, power, and
speed of launches.”

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, OR
541 387-2255
cory@hoodtech.com
http://www.hoodtech.com/

				
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Description: Hood Tech’s new Mark 4 launcher joins the new RQ-21A small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS) in sea trials for the US Navy.