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  • Reference Technologies announces its Hummingbird (R) XRP (eXtended Range and Payload) Hybrid powered VTOL UAV.
  • Reference Technologies awarded a $250,000 grant from the State of Colorado's Advanced Industries Accelerator Program.
  • Reference Technologies releases its Hummingbird XRP performance data - 6+ hour flight duration with 30 lb payload.


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Ground Control Station (Portable)

The ReferenceTek ground control station components include the aircraft control and telemetry unit on the right and the optional live video link processor on the left.









Ground Control Station (Mobile)

The Mobile Ground Control Station is a completely autonomous flight operations van with its own 100 KW generator, air conditioning and heating system. The M-GCS has three pilot stations and three sensor stations with conference and observation areas. Internet service is provided via satellite dish and aircraft telemetry and control are linked via auto-tracking antennas. Voice communications are provided between ground based and airborne observers as well as FAA personnel and local airport authorities via UHF and VHF radios.

Hummingbird UAS

The Hummingbird XRP is the company's newest Hybrid VTOL product providing flight duration in excess of 6 hours with a payload capacity in excess of 30 pounds. In addition, the aircraft has eight hard points for client payloads with the ability to remotely deploy or retain payloads depending on mission requirements. With a hybrid power system that generates over 10kW, reserve power can be provided to client payloads./p>

Coming in 2018


Continuing our discussions through 2018 with clients, prospects and aerospace consultants, the four major issues continuing to face today's VTOL UAV platforms are: 1) Limited flight duration, 2) Limited payload capacity, 3) The lack of redundant propulsion and navigation systems and 4) The absence of deployable payload components. To address these key issues, Reference Technologies has spent the past 4 years designing an innovative solution to address the current limited flight performance of other competitive multi-rotor VTOL solutions.

The ReferenceTEK solution is the Hummingbird® XRP hybrid powered Unmanned Aircraft System with a flight duration in excess of 6 hours with a payload in excess of 30 pounds.  The Hummingbird XRP includes powered hard points for client payloads and the capability to release payloads at or above ground level. The multi-rotor configuration utilizes 10 electrically powered rotors providing the ability to continue flight with the loss of any two rotors.   The Hummingbird XRP platform can operate as a "Mother-ship" carrying up to 4 parasitic uUAVs which can be launched either through autonomous onboard command or manually from the ground control station. Specific airframe elements and propulsion designs are proprietary with provisional patents issued and patent applications filed.
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