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Lately we have been experimenting with some customization ideas intended to make the Vertex a more versatile, capable and fun platform.  Today we present experimental results on the development of wing extensions to increase its forward flight time.  These light-weight extensions can be installed in a matter of seconds to increase the wingspan from around 4 feet (1.2m)  to just under 6 feet (1.8m).

Simulations and flight tests have have demonstrated an increase in maximum cruise time of over 20 minutes and a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) increase in flight range at the expense of a slight reduction in cruise speed and hover time.  This allows the Vertex to cruise for up to 1 hour and 21 miles (33.8 km).

This means that the user can now change between three flight configurations in a matter of seconds to quickly adapt the Vertex to the specific mission requirements.  The three configurations are:

Hover configuration: remove wings for best multicopter performance

Standard hybrid configuration: attach the wings for best hybrid performance

Long-range hybrid configuration: add the wing extensions for best long-range airplane performance

 

We would like to read your feedback on these results.  Which other customizations you would like to see on the Vertex?   You can leave a comment under this post, on our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

 

-The CQV Team

 

Vertex prototype performance (no payload)*

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Flight Configuration, Configuration strengths, Hover time [minutes], Maximum cruise time [minutes], Cruise speed [mph (km/h)], Top speed [mph (km/h)], Maximum range [miles (km)]

Hover configuration, Ideal for hover-only flights.  Provides reduced wind susceptibility and highest hover time., 21, —, —, —
Standard hybrid configuration, Capable of vertical and forward flight.  Highest top speed., 17, 36, 28 (45), 55 (88.5), 16.5 (26.6)
Long-range hybrid configuration, Capable of vertical and forward flight.  Highest range and flight time., 14, 60, 21 (33.8), —, 21 (33.8)
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Vertex prototype performance carrying GoPro and brushless gimbal*

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Flight Configuration,  Hover time [minutes], Maximum cruise time [minutes], Maximum range [miles (km)]

Hover configuration, 18, —, —
Standard hybrid configuration, 14, 30, 14 (22.5)
Long-range hybrid configuration, 12, 50, 18.5 (29.8)
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* These results have been measured using a pre-production prototype of the Vertex, using the full capacity rating of the battery pack. Final results measured from production Vertex may vary, and will be published before it becomes available for sale.