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A flyer hastily removed from a table outside the press briefing room at the AUVSI show in Washington earlier this month was the first sign AeroVironment had a new small unmanned aircraft up its sleeve. Now the company best known for the hand-launched Raven has unveiled the Shrike, a quadrotor vertical take-off and landing small UAV.Photo: AeroVironmentThe 5lb, backpackable Shrike is the result of four years' work under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's tightly cloaked Stealth Persistent Perch and Stare (SP2S) program. The battery-powered UAV can hover for 40 minutes carrying a high-resolution camera, but can provide several hours of video by perching and staring.
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