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HQ-55 FIRST FLIGHT

December 19, 2017 Latitude Engineering successfully flew its newest airframe, the HQ-55, completing a Phase 1 NOAA SBIR. The Part 107 compliant aircraft flawlessly preformed multiple auto-hovers and a short flight on December 12, 2017. Phase II is expected to entail refinement of the design, and testing of the automated launch and recovery from a moving ship. This… More
LATITUDE IN THE NEWS

November 30, 2017 NOV 20 – WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Latitude and EagleEye Intelligence were recently recognized by WPTV News. With EagleEye’s support, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is deploying HQ aircraft for search and rescue. More
DRONES IN SERVICE: OILFIELD TRANSFORMATION FROM ABOVE

November 14, 2017 By Patrick C. Miller October 25, 2017 – The unmanned systems branch of Textron Systems—a major defense contractor that also manufactures Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopters and Hawker civil aircraft—has been flying its Aerosonde UAS for oil and gas operations for the past five years in the Middle East. The company has also done work in North… More
DRONES CAN SAVE LIVES

October 30, 2017 A recent article by Forbes highlights HQ Technology’s potential to serve the public through medical and emergency services. More
STUDY SETS NEW DISTANCE RECORD FOR DRONE TRANSPORT

July 11, 2017 OCTOBER 7, 2016 – FLORENCE, AZ – Medical samples transported 160+ miles by unmanned aircraft under temperature control in Arizona desert. Medical drone delivery records were set by Johns Hopkins researchers as they successfully transported human blood samples across 161 miles of desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, the on-board payload system maintained conditions, such as temperature,… More
DUSK FLIGHT

May 30, 2017 MAY 30 – UNITED STATES – Latitude Engineering’s HQ-60B, operating under an experimental certificate and COA, conducts a test flight at dusk, gaining flight time and exercising the necessary components of the system for future BVLOS flights. More
LATITUDE IN THE NEWS

May 26, 2017 MAY 26 – TUCSON, AZ – Latitude was recognized by KVOA as one of the local Tucson companies leading the way for the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry. For full report go here. More
LATITUDE ENGINEERING ATTENDS 2017 AUVSI

May 26, 2017 MAY 8-11 – Dallas, TX- Technology innovations in unmanned vehicle systems have been racing ahead, but commercial applications have been held back by aviation and maritime regulations. That’s all changing. Recent unmanned-friendly legislation for commercial operations has thrown the UAV industry wide open, creating endless new opportunities. To manage this growth, industry leaders from the Association for… More
TEXTRON SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATES AEROSONDE HQ WITH VTOL CAPABILITY

November 22, 2016 By Patrick C. Miller OCTOBER 27 – Textron Systems has not only added vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) ability to its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS), but can also fit the entire aircraft and ground control station into a single pickup. Earlier this month, the company completed a successful customer demonstration of the UAS—known as the… More
HQ-60B UTILIZED TO STUDY SEA-SURFACE MICROLAYER

November 10, 2016 NOVEMBER 10 – Latitude Engineering recently worked with Schmidt Ocean Institute on their research vessel, Falkor which has been sailing from Darwin in Northern Australia to the Island of Guam in the Western Pacific. The group has been utilizing Latitude’s HQ-60B airframe to study the sea-surface microlayer. After equipping the UAV with a payload suite including… More
TEXTRON SYSTEMS TOUTS HYBRID ‘AEROSONDE HQ’ SMALL DRONE

October 6, 2016 Article and photo by Bill Carey Textron Systems has at least one potential customer for a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) version of its Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system. The Aerosonde Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ) adds four rotors to what is otherwise a catapult-launched fixed-wing aircraft.“Our customer has asked us for an estimate in terms of time… More
POPULAR SCIENCE COVERS HQ FLIGHT

September 29, 2016 By Kelsey Atherton – At 2:06 in the afternoon on August 9th, four propellers lifted an unusual drone into the sky. Exactly 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds, the drone finally landed, settling back to earth at 12:39 P.M. on August 10th. It landed as the holder of a new record: the longest flight… More
BUFFETT’S 167-YEAR-OLD RAILROAD TESTS SKIES FOR THE DRONE AGE

August 30, 2016 by Thomas Black – Before some cutting-edge online retailer can use a drone to drop granola bars on your doorstep, a railroad born when Abe Lincoln was in Congress will first have to iron out the kinks. BNSF Railway Co. is flying drones as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) along the New Mexico desert to inspect tracks,… More
HQ-60 SETS NEW STANDARD FOR TIME ALOFT

August 10, 2016 CAMP ROBERTS – AUGUST 9-10, 2016 – Latitude Engineering, with a team coordinated by L-3 Unmanned Systems, consisting of Power4Flight, Trillium Engineering, and Silvus Technologies, participated in the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program (JIFX). Hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School at the California National Guard’s Camp Roberts, JIFX provides an environment to encourage innovation and collaboration between DoD, government agencies, various industries, and universities. Special Operations Forces, the National… More
LATITUDE PARTNERS WITH ROBOTIC SKIES FOR GLOBAL MAINTENANCE

July 29, 2016 JULY 28 – TUCSON, AZ, and ALBUQUERQUE, NM, –Latitude Engineering, LLC, and Robotic Skies, LLC announced today that they have partnered to develop and implement a global maintenance plan for the Latitude Engineering line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) products. As part of the agreement, Robotic Skies will provide warranty program and field support management for Latitude Engineering customers… More
HQ-20 DEMONSTRATES VTOL CAPABILITY FROM A NOAA SHIP DECK

Image credit Patricia Quinn
June 27, 2016 JUNE 17-21 – HAWAII -With support from NOAA and the R/V Oscar Elton Sette, Latitude Engineering conducted ship-based flight operations, testing Latitude’s 20 lb class Hybrid Quadrotor (HQ-20). Over three days, five flights were conducted, successfully demonstrating vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) from a confined area on the ship’s fantail in winds exceeding 20 knots. This proof-of-concept event demonstrates the unique capabilities of Latitude’s… More
HQ-40 RECEIVES EXPERIMENTAL CERTIFICATION

June 2, 2016 PLAYAS, NEW MEXICO – June 02, 2016 – Latitude Engineering and BNSF Railway’s UAS Program, along with BNSF aviation consultants Padina Group and Bihrle Applied Research acquired FAA Experimental certification for two HQ-40 aircraft used in BNSF’s Pathfinder program (beyond line of sight UAS integration into the national airspace). The 10 month effort culminated at… More
LATITUDE JOINS L-3, TRILLIUM AND SILVUS AT JIFX

May 19, 2016 CAMP ROBERTS – MAY 9-13, 2016 – The Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program (JIFX) — hosted by the Naval post graduate school at the California National Guard’s Camp Roberts — provides an environment to encourage and achieve innovation and collaboration between DoD, government agencies, various industries, and universities. Special Operations Forces (SOF), National Guard, and… More
LATITUDE ASSISTS TEXTRON IN HQ CONVERSION

April 30, 2016 Textron Systems Completes Hybrid Quadrotor Proof of Concept Integration on Aerosonde™ SUAS HUNT VALLEY, MD–(Marketwired – April 28, 2016) – Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today the successful demonstration of the Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) enabled with Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology — allowing the system to take-off and land vertically to significantly… More
LATITUDE JOINS DRONECODE PROJECT

September 23, 2015 Latitude is a strong supporter of open source initiatives and has been an early contributor to the Dronecode Project—an open source, collaborative forum that brings together open source drone and robotics projects under a nonprofit structure governed by The Linux Foundation. One of the missions of Dronecode is to serve as a trusted and neutral… More
LATITUDE ATTENDS NASA UTM 2015 CONFERENCE

July 28, 2015 Safe and efficient access to the US National Air Space (NAS) is critical for the continued development of the UAS industry and its ability to serve the public good. Many beneficial civilian applications of UAS have been proposed, from goods delivery and infrastructure surveillance, to search and rescue, and agricultural monitoring. Currently, there is no established… More
HQ-60B TEST FLIGHTS

May 11, 2015 Latitude Engineering has conducted over 15 test flights of HQ-60B aircraft in the last month on two different airframes. The aircraft is the final version of the HQ-60 platform, which is designed for 12lbs of payload and > 15 hours of endurance. Two fuel injected engines are being evaluated for reliability and fuel economy during… More
JUMP 20 TEST FLIGHTS

January 9, 2015 Fort Hunter Liggett, CA. Latitude Engineering supports Arcturus UAV’s test flights of the JUMP 20(tm) with Hybrid Quadrotor technology. Several flights over two days culminated in final flights at full gross weight. More
HQ-60A TEST FLIGHTS

December 5, 2014 Tucson, AZ. Latitude Engineering conducted two test flights of the HQ-60A this week. The aircraft is a testbed for the HQ-60B, which is designed for 12lbs of payload and 15 hours of endurance, demonstrating the endurance achievable with the Hybrid Quadrotor concept. More
JUMP 15 DISPLAYED AT SEECAT

October 17, 2014 Tokyo, Japan. Hexadyne Corporation, representatives of Latitude’s Hybrid Quadrotor technology in Japan, displayed the Arcturus JUMP-15 at the Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT) show in Tokyo. More
HQ-40 TEST FLIGHTS

July 17, 2014 Florence, AZ. Latitude successfully demonstrates its Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology, performing the first completely autonomous flight test of the HQ-40. End-to-end flight operations are demonstrated, including vertical launch, transition to fixed wing flight, transition to hover, and landing. All segments of the flight are autonomous. More
AUVSI 2014

May 13, 2014 Latitude’s booth at the 2014 AUVSI Conference highlights Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology. Five different aircraft form three companies were on display, including the SilverFox from Sensintel and the JUMP™ 15 and JUMP 20 from Arcturus. The array of vehicles on display demonstrates the applicability of HQ technology to small UAS and it’s ability to expand the value of… More
ARCTURUS JUMP™ 15 SUCCESSFUL TEST

April 10, 2014 Latitude and Arcturus complete three days of flight testing of the JUMP 15. Arcturus utilized Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology to enable vertical launch and recovery of the venerable JUMP 15 airframe. Completely autonomous launch, transition to forward flight, fixed wing flight, transition to hover, and landing were tested. More
SNOWBIRD

February 24, 2014 Latitude Engineering kicks off its latest DOE Phase I SBIR project. The Snowbird, a converted Cessna 172 will provide a robust and economical platform for science missions. Initially slated to operate from Alaska’s North Slope, the Snowbird will allow use of instruments too large for other UAS in a demanding environment. More
AGU FALL MEETING

December 3, 2012 Latitude attends the 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Always on the lookout for areas where UAV’s can make a difference, Latitude seeks to understand the needs of the scientific community and to develop cost effective techniques to provide more and better tools for scientists. More
TOWED POD TESTED

July 23, 2012 Monterey, CA. ZAI and Droplet Measurement Technologies enlisted Latitude to upgrade the control of a custom towed airborne pod. Researchers at Scripps Institute required higher precision in the control of the towed pod to accurately study phenomena at the air-sea interface. Latitude developed custom firmware and software for the Piccolo autopilot, enabling the use of a radar altimeter, and developing a… More
AGRICULTURAL UAS CONFERENCE: PRECISION AGRICULTURE

October 1, 2011 Latitude participates in the 1st Annual Agricultural UAS Conference: Precision Agriculture. Speakers from overseas precision farming UAS operations in Japan, Korea, Argentina, and Brazil present current and future applications for UAS. More
ADVANCED GUIDED DROPSONDE

February 9, 2011 NASA awards Latitude a Phase I SBIR to develop an Advanced Guided Dropsonde. The AGD is intended to deploy from a dropsonde tube and provide meteorological data from a guided platform capable of collecting data from a larger volume of atmosphere than ever before. More
TALISMAN SABRE

July 6, 2009 Rockhampton, Australia. Latitude Engineering supports the Air Force Research Lab’s participation in Talisman Sabre 2009, providing UAS operations expertise and coordinating the use of the Iridium non-line-of-sight datalink system on the red team’s UAS. More