First East Coast Flight of RQ-21A UAV Begins with New Hood Tech Launcher

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					First East Coast Flight of RQ-21A UAV Begins with New Hood Tech Launcher

The new HTL 4.1 launcher from Hood Technology recently shot the RQ-21A UAV into
the air for its first East Coast flight.

Hood River, Oregon, United States, July 19, 2013 -- The new HTL 4.1 launcher from
Hood Technology recently shot the RQ-21A UAV into the air for its first East Coast
flight.

From: Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc., Hood River, Oregon Date: July 18, 2013
Subject: First East Coast Flight of RQ-21A UAV Begins with New Hood Tech Mark 4
Launcher Contact: Cory Roeseler, Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc., 541-387-2255,
cory@hoodtech.com

The new Hood Tech HTL 4.1 Launcher recently put the RQ-21A in the air for the first
time on the East Coast, according to a release from the US Marine Corps
(http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3488/Article/145381/rq-
21a-small-uas-completes-first-east-coast-flight.aspx). Hood Tech developed the HTL 4.1
to handle the heavier RQ-21A following widespread use of the company’s
Superwedge launcher for a lighter UAV. “The HTL 4.1 represents natural evolution of
our earlier launchers,” said Cory Roeseler, Hood Tech’s Chief Engineer for the
launch program. The launcher and a complementary capture system eliminate the need
for a runway, making the UAV ideal for shipboard and remote locations where runway
access does not exist. The HTL 4.1 operates either with auxiliary power or plugged into a
shipboard source to power its pneumatic (air) actuator.

When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing innovative UAV launchers and 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. 3100 Cascade Hood River, OR
97031 541-387-2255 cory@hoodtech.com http://www.hoodtech.com/

				
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Description: The new HTL 4.1 launcher from Hood Technology recently shot the RQ-21A UAV into the air for its first East Coast flight.