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Aerobatics with the Vertex VTOL Hybrid UAV prototype

The Vertex employs thrust vectoring, differential thrust and control surfaces to provide excellent maneuverability, allowing it to do loops, rolls, and some more unusual stunts.

We’d like to hear your impressions.  You can leave a comment under this post, on our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

-The CQV Team

The Vertex VTOL Hybrid UAV prototype demonstrates runway takeoff, touch & go and landing

Why does a vertical take-off and landing vehicle need wheels? Although the Vertex can take off or land vertically from almost anywhere, its wheels also allow it to take off or land on runways. The variable transition level enables vertical, standard or even short takeoffs or landings on runways. The steerable nose wheel also allows for steering the Vertex while on the ground.

This level of flexibility and control makes flying the Vertex extremely fun.

We’d like to hear your impressions.  You can leave a comment under this post, on our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

-The CQV Team

Customizing the Vertex VTOL Hybrid UAV: Wing extension upgrade for long-range flights

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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.

The Vertex VTOL Hybrid UAV performance revealed

Happy new year to everyone,

We start 2015 by revealing a full performance report for the Vertex development prototype.  Plus, we have also released a new flight video showing us having some fun with the early Vertex prototype, demonstrating a quick takeoff and climb, and effortless transitions between forward flight and hover.

Which packaging option do you prefer for the Vertex?  Plug and play (includes installed motors and speed controllers), or almost ready to fly (does not include motors or speed controllers).  Both come fully assembled and include everything required to get into the air quickly, except the receiver and transmitter, batteries, and flight controller.  You can tell us your preference by filling this short survey, which includes a bonus video.

Your comments are very important to us and we invite you to share your impressions so far, what you like and dislike, what could be done better or any ideas you’d like to be implemented in this or future projects.   You can leave a comment under this post, on our Facebook page, or contact us directly.

– The CQV Team

It’s time to go VTOL!

We are Juan Cruz-Ayoroa and AJ Cruz-Ayoroa, the co-founders of ComQuest Ventures LLC.  ComQuest Ventures is an aerospace startup company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, focused on the creation of high-impact UAV technologies for worldwide recreational, professional and academic users.  We are aerospace and computer professional engineers, and have been radio-controlled model aircraft enthusiasts like many of you for more than 15 years.  We are also lifelong tinkerers and inventors.

ComQuest Ventures (CQV) was born out of an impulse to be creative and to seek prosperity and happiness, which is the common quest we all share.  This is why we are fascinated by the concept of democratization of technology; making new technologies accessible and empowering for everybody.  The area of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is one of these emerging technologies that is being democratized and will soon change the world.  For more than two years we have been tirelessly developing our first UAV, which we hope will go a long way in democratizing this amazing technology.

Today we are very proud to announce the Vertex VTOL UAV: a practical Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for enthusiasts and professionals.  The Vertex design attempts to break with the limitations of today’s multicopter, helicopter and airplane UAV technologies by combining the best qualities of each into a practical hybrid vehicle.  It is one of the first products of its kind in the market.  We hope you can all join us, it’s time to go VTOL!

In the following blog posts we’ll talk about the story behind the development of the Vertex, where we are right now, and where this technology will take us in the future.

 

Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays!

-The CQV Team