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Autel Robotics debuts Kestrel drone with VTOL and fixed-wing aircraft capabilities in CES 2016
Autel Robotics debuts Kestrel drone with VTOL and fixed-wing aircraft capabilities in CES 2016 US Auteltech Company (Autel Robotics) has showcased a new drone capable of vertical take-off and then, once airborne, transforming into a fixed-wing aeroplane. The Kestrel drone comes with both VTOL and fixed-wing modes and can fly a total distance of 100km (63 miles) with a top speed of 64 km/hr (40 miles/hr). Its nose and tail sections can separate for transport. It can carry a total payload of 2kg and has a total flight time for 1.2 to 2 hours. Autel Robotics is targeting its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the agriculture industry and comes with multispectral infrared sensors in order to monitor crops. But the firm also thinks that Kestrel can serve a purpose in humanitarian aid relief missions, where responders need to be able to get aid to people living in remote areas or in a disaster area where there isn't a great deal of space for a plane to land or take off. "The electric