Exhibitor Company Description:Aerovel Corporation develops and manufactures the Flexrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) for maritime and land-based operations, day and night. It combines the best of endurance, expeditionary capabilities and economics in one state-of-the-art system.
Needing only a 20’ by 20’ area for launch and recovery, Flexrotor takes off and lands vertically (VTOL) and easily transitions into horizontal wing-borne flight. It flies completely automatically after takeoff, with no pilot intervention needed. Flexrotor quickly assembles for flight, can be rapidly re-stowed in its compact case for easy storage and easily transported on a small flatbed truck.
Boasting a flight endurance of more than 15 hours and a 100-kilometer range, this all- weather aircraft has operated in some of the harshest conditions on the planet, including off of various vessels in the Arctic and tropics.
A one-of-a-kind fixed-wing aircraft, Flexrotor requires no runway or launch and retrieval equipment. It is designed for observation, monitoring, intelligence gathering, communications relay, surveillance, reconnaissance, security and scientific data collection. It can be used for a diverse range of commercial, civil and military applications at sea and on land.
Aerovel Corporation, based in the Columbia River Gorge area of Washington State, was founded in 2006 by Dr. Tad McGeer, a designer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at various companies for more than 25 years. Dr. McGeer co-founded The Insitu Group in 1992, where he was the primary architect of Aerosonde, SeaScan and ScanEagle. Flexrotor is the next evolution in Dr. McGeer’s line of unmanned aerial systems.
Flexrotor exemplifies the future of UAS technology and represents the finest operational capability in its class.