The Raptor hexacopter is a uniquely designed optionally-tethered UAV. Raptor’s design includes slightly overlapping propellers to achieve a relatively small footprint while enabling flights with a 300ft (approx. 100m) optionally-tethered cable, a payload capacity of 2.7kg, with the ability to function in harsh environmental conditions.
The Raptor UAV which predominantly operates as a tethered drone performing prolonged situational awareness missions and can remain in the air as long as electric power is provided (Avg. 500 [W], Peak 1,000 [W], with a demonstrated continuous flight of 18 hours) can release its own tether following a command from the Operator, a triggering alarm, or if the UAV identifies a pre-selected object in the camera field-of-view.
After the tether is released, the Raptor will continue to a 40-minute free-flight ISR mission before returning for a precision landing within the ground-station, no matter where it is located, including if on the rack of a moving vehicle (up to 40km/h).
Rapid Response is an understatement
The ability to store the Raptor UAV in a “ready to go” state - safe within the specially designed drone deployment box means that the Raptor (when commanded) can be deployed from the ground station in less than ten seconds.