VTOL UAV with the Cruise Efficiency of a Conventional Fixed-Wing UAV

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  • TBMG-29044
Published June 01, 2018 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
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NASA Langley Research Center has developed Greased Lightning, the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that combines vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability with long-endurance flight. Previously, these two capabilities were considered mutually exclusive; for example, helicopters offer VTOL capability, yet are inefficient for long-endurance travel.