Hood Tech Launcher Illustrates Burgeoning Demand for Commercial and Law Enforcement UAVs
An article in FastFeed begins with a photograph of Hood Tech’s Superwedge launcher just as it releases a small UAV. Erected in its maritime configuration, the Superwedge demonstrates flexibility for US Navy shipboard use. “When compared with other small maritime UAV launchers the Superwedge keeps getting selected as the robust and economical option”, observes Cory Roeseler, Hood Tech’s leader of launcher design and production. “Operators seem to like its simplicity and minimal footprint.”

When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing UAV launchers and innovative retrieval systems for small UAVs, those innovations enabled the elimination of runways for launch and retrieval. This freed aircraft for shipboard use, for deployment in irregular or disrupted landscapes, and for other difficult locations. Showing their ruggedness and reliability, Hood Tech launchers have initiated tens of thousands of flights under the extreme environments of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and aboard ships in the oceans around the globe.

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1992.  In addition to the design and manufacture of launch systems, Hood Technology:

Provides zip test services for pre-flight safety verification of experimental aircraft and components.

Owns and maintains a silent wind tunnel for measuring UAV engine and prop noise in accordance with MILSTD1474.

Develops, tests, and manufactures stabilized imaging systems for a variety of UAVs

Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.

Cory Roeseler
Hood Tech Corp Mechanical, Inc.
Hood River, OR

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