Applications

Urban Air Racing

Competition has proven a powerful means to develop technology, and our attitudes toward it. The Orteig Prize inspired Lindbergh to cross the Atlantic and the entire world to see the potential of air travel. The DARPA Grand Challenge provided the seed for autonomous vehicles and opened our eyes to self-driving...
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Two-Seater

A two-person craft would prove useful for paramedics in rugged terrain, or ferrying medics when catastrophe has damaged the local infrastructure. For search and rescue it provides the advantage of another set of eyes that are free from the responsibility of operating the craft. An obvious benefit of the arrangement...
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Fighting Wildfires by Air

Aerofex is studying development of a 1,000+ lb. payload tandem-duct UAV for construction, farming, and fighting wildfires. For the latter application, it would be capable of dropping water or retardant at rates comparable to light helicopters. The machines would be trailered close to the fire-line rather than deployed from airports,...
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Robotic Crop Sprayer

With the goal of increasing crop yields, a robotic flyer has taken to the air at Aerofex. Designed specifically for the precision spraying of crops, its size and lift enables significant capacity for fertilizer, pesticides, and fungicides. Rendered here next to the manned testbed, it shares the same control system, lift-train...
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Taming Wind

Aerofex has demonstrated its ducted-fan technology can tame the downwash of VTOL aircraft. It is designed to expand the downdraft and eliminate the recirculating flow typical of open-rotor craft. The enabler is the ejector system. The exposed blades of helicopters and multicopters generate tip-vortices and swirl. Conventional craft create significant turbulence...
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Flying Motorcycles

Because who doesn't want to fly a motorcycle. First flown in 2011, Aerofex's flying motorcyle has been used to develop vertical flight technologies ever since. Its novel ducted fan control system was developed in-situ. The results were  presented in a paper to the Future Vertical Lift Conference in San Francisco,...
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Unexploded Ordnance Remediation

According to the International Red Cross, over 2,000 people a month are injured or killed by unexploded ordnance and landmines (UXO). Sites contaminated with UXO prevent civilian land use for agriculture or development. In the United States alone over 15 million acres may be contaminated by UXO. The US Environmental Protection...
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Optionally Unmanned Crop Dusting

In an important ruling this week, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an exemption allowing the use of an unmanned aircraft (UA) for aerial application. In its ruling the FAA determined “that a grant of exemption is in the public interest. The enhanced safety achieved using a UA with...
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Floater

In support of two proposals recently submitted to potential partners, Aerofex has finished preliminary design of the Aero-X flotation gear. The floats provide a water-borne capability that will allow the platform to operate safely over water. The over-water version of the Aero-X would be useful for ship-to-shore or ship-to-ship transport...
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Infrastructure Mapping

Mobile infrastructure mapping is the process of collecting geospatial data of structures and topography from a moving vehicle. Originally it was performed with low-flying aircraft carrying downward looking cameras or radar to map the topography of inaccessible areas. For many applications however, mapping from aircraft proved prohibitively expensive or lacked...
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Agriculture

A question we are often asked regards the use of the Aero-X in agriculture. The concern is the force of the downdraft – and we think about it all the time. In aerial application, a certain amount of downwash is a good thing – it disturbs the crop canopy enabling...
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Aerial Pipeline Inspection

The natural gas transmission system in the US is comprised of roughly 250,000 miles of pipeline. As new pipeline construction becomes more difficult there is growing emphasis on inspecting and maintaining existing infrastructure to increase its reliability and safety. Aircraft are routinely employed to survey natural gas transmission pipelines for...
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Exploration and Survey

Aero-trekking is the exploration of a remote area at low altitude and speed in an ultralight aircraft. Aero-trekking became popular in 2005 in Arizona and New Mexico. The ultralight aircraft provides a platform for pilot-trekkers to aerially view topography barely accessible by other means. We love the concept and believe...
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Herd Management

Light helicopters are increasingly used by government agencies and park rangers to manage and protect indigenous and migratory animal populations. The US Bureau of Land Management use helicopters to manage the estimated 96,000 wild horses and burros that roam federally managed land in 10 western states. Commercial ranchers use light...
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Search and Rescue

One of the strengths of the Aero-X is operating above rather than on top of a surface, regardless of the surface stability or make-up (ground, water, ice, etc). This makes it an ideal vehicle for many search and rescue scenarios. Immediately following land or mudslides the ground is too unstable...
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