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High Praise from Early Users of Hood Tech Mechanical's Mark 4 UAV Launcher The first RQ-21A squadron

for the Marine Corps lauds the ªexpeditionaryº quality of Hood Tech Mechanical's UAV Mark 4 launcher. Hood River, OR, April 09, 2014 -- The first RQ-21A squadron for the Marine Corps lauds the ªexpeditionaryº quality of Hood Tech Mechanical's UAV Mark 4 launcher. From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon Date: April 8, 2014 Subject: High Praise from Early Users of Hood Tech Mechanical's Mark 4 UAV Launche r Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, andy@ho odtech.com According to an online article in dvids (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Sy stem--http://www.dvidshub.net/news/122653/vmu-2-exercises-new-expeditionary-capa bility), the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 is highly pleased with th e ªexpeditionaryº quality of the images produced by Hood Tech Vision's imaging system. The article quotes Staff Sgt. Joseph Fantz, an unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the squadron, ªWith the way this system launches and lands it does not requi re a runway, which enhances the expeditionary capabilities of the Marine Corpsº. T he Mark 4 can be used on shipboard or land-based; either way it provides a compa ct, rugged means of making the UAV airborne. When in 2002 Hood Tech began producing innovative UAV launchers and retrieval sy stems for small UAVs, those innovations enabled the elimination of runways for l aunch and retrieval. This freed aircraft for shipboard use, for deployment in i rregular or disrupted landscapes, and for other difficult locations. Showing the ir ruggedness and reliability, Hood Tech launchers have initiated tens of thousa nds 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 ad dition 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 nois e 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. The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.com Contact: Cory Roeseler Hood Tech 135 Country Club Road, Building A Hood River, OR 97031 541-287-2255 ken@hoodtech.com http://www.hoodtech.com