DRONE SETS RECORD FOR LONGEST FLIGHT TIME BY VTOL AIRCRAFT

HQ-60B In Flight

Latitude Engineering

HQ-60B In Flight

By Kelsey D. Atherton

This drone takes off and lands like a quadcopter, flies like a plane.

At 2:06 in the afternoon on August 9th, four propellers lifted an unusual drone into the sky. Exactly 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds, the drone finally landed, settling back to earth at 12:39 P.M. on August 10th. It landed as the holder of a new record: the longest flight by a vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL, aircraft. The record, claimed by Latitude Engineering’s HG-60 hybrid quadcopter, surpassed the previous record set by Boeing’s A160 Hummingbird drone helicopter in 2012. Here’s what it looks like taking off.

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