TsAGI of Russia is testing unmanned aerial vehicle features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities TASS 10502165

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TsAGI of Russia is testing unmanned aerial vehicle features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities
Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) is testing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the characteristics of a convertiplane, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry’s press office said on Friday, February 5, 2016.
     
Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) is testing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the characteristics of a convertiplane, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry’s press office said on Friday, February 5, 2016. TsAGI unmanned aircraft for vertical takeoff and landing with lift fans.
     
The unmanned aerial vehicle features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities as a helicopter and a higher speed and an increased cargo-carrying capacity as a turboprop aircraft, the press office added.

"The unmanned aerial vehicle is designed to monitor underlying terrain and accomplish transport tasks. The UAV can be based on small rough sites and will be used in various spheres in future," the press office said.

"A UAV of this type features a medium-length straight wing," the press office added.

According to the Industry and Trade Ministry’s press office, the tests have proved the UAV’s inherent characteristics.

In particular, the trials have shown that the UAV’s design has good aerodynamic characteristics.

Russia’s TsAGI will continue testing the new UAV with the characteristics of a convertiplane in 2016.

TsAGI will focus on determining the specifics of the air glide effect in a wide angle-of-attack range at various flight modes.

"There is a lot to do for the UAV’s dynamics, sustainability and controllability, structure strength and aeroelasticity," Chief of TsAGI’s Aircraft and Missile Aerodynamics Department and Head of Work on UAV Aerodynamics Alexander Kornushenko said.
     
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