I've been fortunate over the past year to help document the progression of a very cool project spearheaded by my friends at RMI (a custom design machine shop based in Tennessee) who are developing a long-distance, fixed-wing hybrid autonomous aircraft. With a 9-foot wingspan, it takes off (and lands) vertically like a drone but, once in the air, transitions to a rear-mounted gas motor allowing it to travel up to 350 miles on a single tank, with all sorts of implications for search and rescue, rural autonomous deliveries, and replacing out-dated stork baby deliveries (that one I made up). The research, development, design, manufacturing, and testing, from start to finish, is being done by two really smart and highly-motivated individuals out of east Tennessee and north Idaho. Props to Shane Roberts and Ryan Pope for your passion and dedication. Exciting things to come from The Hybrid Project! #drone #aircraft #autonomous #flight #vtol #RMI #idaho #tennessee #thehybridproject @rmi.machine @rallyeverything

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