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					Aerovel (VTOL Craft with Hood Tech Vision Imagers) Sets New Standard

The Aerovel Flexrotor becomes the first aircraft to launch and be recovered by an
autonomous water vessel. Between two flights it also refueled autonomously.

Hood River, OR, United States, October 30, 2013 -- The Aerovel Flexrotor becomes the
first aircraft to launch and be recovered by an autonomous water vessel. Between two
flights it also refueled autonomously.

From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon Date: October 29, 2013
Subject: Aerovel (VTOL Craft with Hood Tech Vision Imagers) Sets New Standard
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288,
andy@hoodtech.com

Setting yet another standard, the Aerovel VTOL UAV became the first to use as its
launch vehicle an autonomous watercraft
(http://www.suasnews.com/2013/10/25645/first-flight-of-unmanned-aircraft-from-
unmanned-boat/?utm_source=sUAS+News+Daily&utm_campaign=c71c4ed42a-
RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b3c0776dde-
c71c4ed42a-303664173). Autonomous refueling punctuated a fully automated two
rounds of take-offs and landings. From the point of launch, no human hand touched the
Aerovel, until the unmanned boat (a tiny skiff) came to its trailer and then headed west
(into the sunset, as the saying is). The Aerovel Flexrotor’s autonomous capability in
the operations cycle, combined with a small footprint, long range, low noise, and two-day
endurance are economical and technically impressive. The Flexrotor offers economy
sufficient to enable long-promised civil applications at sea and ashore. Those applications
include geological survey, weather reconnaissance, fishery surveillance, environmental
monitoring, offshore patrol, and search and rescue. “We had little to do with this
demo,” said a Hood Tech Vision representative. “We’re just pleased to be
associated as a supplier to this innovative UAV.”

When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an
entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hood Technology Vision
now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level
of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS): level 9. Hood Tech
matches improved stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to
170 times. This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs less
than six kg. Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land
vehicles, and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight
and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated over more than 700,000 hours of
use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental
factors (http://www.hoodtechvision.com).

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1992. Along
with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Tech:
Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs Operates
controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities Monitors blade vibrations in
industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible
future failures.

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

Contact: Andy von Flotow Hood Tech 3100 Cascade Hood River, OR 97031 541-387-
2288 ken@hoodtech.com http://www.hoodtech.com

				
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Description: The Aerovel Flexrotor becomes the first aircraft to launch and be recovered by an autonomous water vessel. Between two flights it also refueled autonomously.