22/12/2020

Skyways attempting autonomous folding wings for US Navy Blue Water UAS

Skyways attempting autonomous folding wings for US Navy Blue Water UAS – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • Skyways of Austin, Texas is developing autonomously folding wings for its Group 3 UAS selected for the US Navy (USN) Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS program
  • The company’s goal is to have its Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft’s wings autonomously fold after takeoff and before landing
  • Folding wings are intended to provide better handling and ship storage
  • The company is experimenting with different concepts, but as Skyways’ Blue Water UAS has four pairs of rotors for VTOL mode, it cannot experiment with the entire spectrum of folding wing possibilities. This includes pulling the wings back toward the tail. Additionally, the Skyways Blue Water UAS’ wings can be fully removed in less than 30 seconds according to the company
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