An unmanned tiltrotor has entered a new testing
stage by performing its maiden flight.
The aircraft was created by
VR-Technologies, part of Russian Helicopters, and the company says
it has already
attracted interest from a number of oil and gas companies as well
various government agencies.
"The development of the unique aircraft started
in 2015. Since then, we have achieved significant results and have
already started the first stage of flight tests," said the CEO of
VR-Technologies Alexander Okhonko.
The unmanned aircraft is suitable for tasks related to monitoring and environmental control in areas with no possibility to use air strips. The
aircraft can maintain smoke control in forests and restrained urban conditions, make aerial photographs, conduct monitoring of oil and
gas facilities, and transport medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas.
Tiltrotors are a
special class of rotorcrafts that have a number of advantages over
traditional aerial vehicles built up according to the airplane or
helicopter schemes. They can make vertical takeoffs and landings
on restricted landing pads while transporting passengers or cargo
with greater speed and over longer distances than traditional
Russian Helicopters performed the tests of
the tiltrotor at Skolkovo Innovation Centre.
You can see an example of what a manned tiltrotor can do in the HD
video on this page.
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