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The Cormorant is an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (AUV) which raises a lot of interest in the world due to its unique features.
Tactical Robotics, which develops the AUV, is expanding its flight testing. The company (an Urban Aeronautics subsidiary) has been expanding the flight envelope of the drone, formerly known as AirMule, during ongoing, untethered flight testing this summer
The company was testing modiﬁcations that enhance the ﬂight control and multiple sensor suite, according to its website.
As of September 2016 fully autonomous navigation as well as ATOL (Automatic Takeoff and Landing) are standard on all ﬂights. Upcoming tests will include gradual and careful increase of airspeed (presently crossing 30 Knots) as well as full pattern ﬂights over adjacent ﬁelds and return to the airﬁeld for landing.
Cormorant is a fully autonomous, VTOL UAV that is designed for both military and civil applications. Its primary military missions will be cargo delivery, casualty evacuation (CasEvac), maritime missions and large scale, humanitarian relief.
Cormorant will be able to fulﬁll a broad range of emergency response and commercial applications, eventually including parcel delivery. While other parcel delivery drones are designed to carry out ‘last mile’ delivery of individual, lightweight packages, Cormorant will be able to carry payloads of up to 500 kg (1,100 lbs) over distances upwards of 50 km, enabling autonomous, consolidated freight delivery such as port to distribution center.