The simplified controls resemble that of a modern forklift, and the evolved system achieves robustness through redundancy, and design margins.
For example, the multicopter hovers at 58% throttle while carrying an 85-pound aircraft at 9,600 feet density altitude. A typical launch mission discharges the batteries to about 80%, and the motors draw 22% of their rated current.
The most recent series of flight tests involved seven launches and seven recoveries of a battery powered fixed-wing aircraft operating above tree-height. Launch-release took place at 300 feet above ground level (AGL) and capture height was as high as 191 feet AGL.
See video here: https://vimeo.com/362829249/01cea7c882
Customer demand for launch and recovery systems having a dramatically reduced footprint and which can operate from small clearings in the forest, are driving the small unmanned air vehicle (UAV) market to pursue vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) configuration. FLARES achieves VTOL operations without compromising the payload and endurance capabilities of the long endurance fixed-wing aircraft.
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