Snowgoose Is the Pentagon's Low-cost Resupply Drone of Dreams

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September 18, 2015 | Source: Tyler Rogoway, Foxtrot Alpha

In a scene right out of Call of Duty, your special forces unit is surrounded on a plateau deep in enemy territory and your ammo is running low. The area is hot with small arms fire, and even if a helicopter crew were to risk it, there are none available. Not to worry, a CQ-10 Snowgoose stuffed full of supplies is on the way.

Known as the CQ-10B, this system does not require launch from a speeding vehicle, as it simply powers forward using it propeller’s thrust until its rotor head generates enough lift to pull the drone off the ground. Because this system requires minimum infrastructure and can launch and land nearly vertically, it offers an even more reliable logistical bridge for austere operating locations. Being able to land anywhere and return on command with no additional help gives the CQ-10B a capability the CQ-10A did not have. It also offers nearly double the speed and range as its predecessor, plus other advantages, like superior headwind penetration.