Thanks to Hood Tech’s UAV Launchers, New RQ-21A UAV “Can Take Off and Land in a 40- by 40-Foot Area”
06/29/2014

Hood Tech’s Mark 4 UAV launcher makes possible “The New Spy Drone Marines Can Fling Into the Air”

Online PR News – 29-June-2014 – Hood River – Hood River, OR, USA, June 27, 2014 -- Hood Tech’s Mark 4 UAV launcher makes possible “The New Spy Drone Marines Can Fling Into the Air”

From: Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: June 26, 2014
Subject: Thanks to Hood Tech’s UAV Launchers, New RQ-21A UAV “Can Take Off and Land in a 40- by 40-Foot Area”
Contact: Cory Roeseler, Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc., 541 387-2255, cory@hoodtech.com

Thanks to equipment such as Hood Tech’s Mark 4 Launcher, “(t)he newest Navy Marine Corps UAV can take off and land from a small area on the battlefield, where its customizable payload of sensors will give Marines the best real-time tactical picture they've ever had. (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/planes-uavs/meet-the-marines-new-catch-and-release-spy-drone-16792018?click=pm_latest)

“The RQ-21A Blackjack has a 16-foot wingspan and can take off and land in a 40- by 40-foot area. Built by Insitu, the Blackjack can carry larger, more diverse intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads than its predecessors. The aircraft deployed to Afghanistan earlier this month. There, dedicated UAV squadron detachments will fly it from forward operating bases close to the battlefield.”

When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing innovative UAV launchers and retrieval systems for small UAVs, those innovations enabled the elimination of runways. 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
135 Country Club Road, Building A
Hood River, OR 97031
5413872255
ken@hoodtech.com
http://www.hoodtech.com