‘Flying Humvee’ Robot Ships Supplies To Military Troops

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

V-STAR™ can execute vertical take-offs and landings, and is quieter than a helicopter. Dubbed a flying Humvee by Ryan Wood, CEO of Broomfield Colo.-based Frontline Aerospace, the robotic vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000 miles carrying a full cargo of 400 pounds.

Code named V-STAR™, the autonomous aircraft, which can execute vertical take-offs and landings, is about the size of a large SUV, weighing in at 2,400 pounds and measuring 21 feet long and up to 26 feet wide. Wood says he foresees a soldier hunkered down in a military hot zone in need of ammunition or fuel. Instead of calling for a manned force to move the supplies to him, he opens his laptop and punches in his request. The V-STAR™ then is loaded up and flies the supplies in without risking other lives or jamming up needed troops.

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