The US Navy’s Ponce is a “flexible and agile” success, according to US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, thanks to such elements as Hood Tech’s Mark 4 launcher.
Hood River, OR, December 18, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) -The US Navy’s Ponce is a “flexible and agile” success, according to US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, thanks to such elements as Hood Tech’s Mark 4 launcher.
The Mark 4 launches UAVs in the 30-130 pound weight range. It uses corrosion-resistant components to survive the marine environment, and receives electric power either from the ship or from trailer-mounted generators (see www.hoodtechmechanical.com). Its small footprint allows for flexible shipboard use, and the Mark 4 is extremely portable, including movement and positioning by hand.
When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing innovative UAV launchers and retrieval systems for small UAVs, those innovations enabled the elimination of runways for launch and retrieval. This freed aircraft for shipboard use, for deployment in irregular or disrupted landscapes, and for other difficult locations. Showing their ruggedness and reliability, Hood Tech launchers have initiated tens of thousands of flights under the extreme environments of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and aboard ships in the oceans around the globe.
Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1992. In addition to the design and manufacture of launch systems, Hood Technology:
Provides zip test services for pre-flight safety verification of experimental aircraft and components.
Owns and maintains a silent wind tunnel for measuring UAV engine and prop noise in accordance with MILSTD1474.
Develops, tests, and manufactures stabilized imaging systems for a variety of UAVs
Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.