Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has revealed a new drone, called the X5-55, to serve as an engineering test bed for its next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles.¬†Unlike the company’s Aerosonde, the X5-55 was designed from the ground up to be an aircraft with vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) capabilities, using Vector flight controls and distributed electric propulsion for both vertical and horizontal flight. We recently saw the new drone up-close at the¬†AUVSI Xponential 2018 and it sure looks the business.

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