The Tactical Robotics Cormorant is an unmanned flying car UAS designed by Tactical Robotics LTD. It will be used in search and rescue operations where it would be too dangerous or inaccessible for a helicopter
Imagine American soldiers in the mountains of Afghanistan, pinned down by enemy fire
The terrain too dangerous for a helicopter rescue mission. Those soldiers might have to be abandoned to their fate.
But perhaps not in the near future, thanks to technology that is currently being tested in the remote deserts of Israel. And it promises to transform flight.
The Cormorant successfully completed its first phase of flight testing in January 2010. Its maiden flight, which was scheduled for April 2009, has been postponed.
In June 2009, the UAV was shipped to an airstrip in central Israel to perform a series of ground tests for hover testing.
Urban Aeronautics resumed flight tests of the Cormorant prototype equipped with enhanced sensors suite and a new wheeled landing gear in 2011
In 2012, the UAV was further upgraded with Controp’s D-STAMP stabilized
electro-optic payload and a double redundant hydraulic system.
In addition Test flights of the upgraded air vehicle began in late 2012 and a number of fully automatic test flights were concluded by December 2013. Construction on the second prototype started in December 2011.
Furthermore, The first autonomous pattern flight of the Cormorant UAV was successfully conducted by Urban Aeronautics in November 2016.
Learn about the design and development of Cormorant UAV Self Flying Rescue Vehicle