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Hummingbird II(R) & Components


Hexa-Copter at First Waypoint


Hexa-Copter at Loiter


Hexa-Copter at Point of Interest (POI)

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  • Reference Technologies Announces its Hummingbird (R) Line of Hybrid VTOL Unmanned Aerial Systems.
  • Visit us at the 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems / North America in Orlando, Florida. May 12th thru 15th in Booth 2427


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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 II® UAS

The Hummingbird II® is the company's newest Hybrid VTOL product providing flight duration in excess of 4 hours and a payload capacity of 15 pounds. In addition, the aircraft has four hard points for client payloads with the ability to remotely deploy or retain the payloads depending on mission requirements. Up to 750 watts of DC power are also available for client payloads. Two additional models, the Hummingbird I® with a flight duration of 2+ hours and a 5 pound payload and the Hummingbird III® with a flight duration of 6+ hours and payload capacity in excess of 35 pounds will be available in early 2014.

Coming in 2014


Following discussions with clients, prospects and aerospace consultants, the three major issues facing today's battery powered VTOL UAS technology is: 1) limited flight duration, 2) limited payload capacity and 3) the absence of deployable payload components. To address these key issues, Reference Technologies has spent the past 18 months designing an innovative solution to address the current limited flight duration of battery powered micro-UAS air frames while increasing payload capacity and the ability to deploy mission specific payloads.

The ReferenceTEK solution is the Hummingbird® Series of both battery and hybrid powered Unmanned Aerial Systems with flight durations from 2 to 7+ hours and payload capacities ranging from 10 to 50 pounds.  All Hummingbird® versions include powered hard points for the release of client payloads at either ground level or AGL.  Specific design elements and propulsion design are proprietary with patents applied for.
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