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Beautiful day for a flight test!
V-TOL and NearSat’s Eagle Hawk trials continue. The aircraft performs well above expectations. So our goal to achieve flight within the stratosphere is within close reach. As a result of these tests, we are running training. With the goal to equip specialists and pilots with the skills they require.  
The aim of these flights is to collect critical data. This will optimise the performance and reliability of the Eagle Hawk system. So our training exercises are paramount. We will soon have all the skills required to safely navigate the vehicles to the intended altitude. Mark Xavier Chief Remote Pilot
So V-TOL’s team of engineers and pilots are hastily processing the enormous amounts of data gathered from these test flights. See what’s happening with the NearSat team at their website.

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NearSat and V-TOL have commenced flight trials of the Eagle Hawk III, an above 25kg capable fixed wing remotely piloted aircraft.

NearSat, the developer of the High Altitude (HALE) RPAS platform technology, has been collaborating with V-TOL on this project.

the eagle hawk iii shows it's impressive flight capabilities

The Hawk III is the up-scaled successor to the Eagle Hawk II.

The Hawk II had conducted critical flight trials to 8000ft AMSL within CRT of Amberley.

We are preparing for new flight operations, so we expect to see the Hawk III operate well beyond it’s predecessor.Chief Remote Pilot Mark Xavier

The flight data collected from these trials will be used for high altitude research. NearSat continues to collaborate with us on this project. As a result we are expecting to see near space flights shortly!

Checkout what’s going on with the NearSat team by vising their website!

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With the help of NearSat Engineers, our team is currently conducting simulated missions. Our goal is to get the best understanding of how the NearSat Eagle Hawk will function at altitudes up to 60,000ft.

nearsat and vtol team running simulations

Over 3 years the joint team have worked tirelessly. As a result we have seen advances in a number of areas.

We are more focused than ever, since news that the QLD Government Cloncurry Drone testing facility will come online this year.

So we expect the 60,0000ft altitude challenge should become a near term and routine reality.Chief Remote Pilot Mark Xavier

Our team has completed dozens of missions. These were achieved using a scale proto-type NS Eagle Hawk in RAAF Airspace.

We will soon be testing a full scale Hawk 18,000ft and beyond!

Find out more about this at the Australian Aviation Website!