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IF800 Tomcat medium-lift UAS prototype. Image Source: Inspired Flight Technologies
Inspired Flight Unveils Groundbreaking American-Made Drone: Advancing Critical Technology in the United States
San Luis Obispo, CA, June 1, 2023 – Inspired Flight Technologies, a leading American drone manufacturer, announces the highly anticipated pre-release of their medium-lift IF800 Tomcat, a vehicle that’s set to ship before the end of the year.
Inspired Flight’s IF800 Tomcat features a lightweight, compact, and foldable frame, enabling easy transportation and deployment in various environments. The drone comes with a specially designed case that offers ample space for batteries and payload, ensuring convenience and protection during transit. Whether it’s inspecting infrastructure, mapping terrain, or conducting LiDAR surveys, the IF800 Tomcat is a reliable and adaptable tool for professionals in need of cutting-edge aerial capabilities.
With a max payload capacity of 3 kg, this medium-lift drone delivers unparalleled flexibility and productivity. It is the first NDAA compliant industrial-grade drone to deliver greater than 40-minute flight time while carrying many of the most popular high resolution cameras and sensors. Dual hot swappable smart batteries enable large missions to be completed without system resets and easy slide installation ensures minimal downtime during battery swaps.
This advanced drone design also features a 30-degree upward-angle shooting capability for gimbal-mounted cameras, enabling more effective imaging of wind turbines, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. An integral FPV (First-Person View) camera allows operators real-time visual feedback and precise control during flights.
Inspired Flight manufacturers all of their systems, including the IF800 Tomcat, without reliance on critical Chinese or other foreign technologies, prohibited by the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This landmark legislation and associated government regulations recognize the geo-political and strategic importance of drone technology to the economic and national security of the United States. Inspired Flight is fully committed to re-establishing America’s leadership in this consequential industry.
Image of the IF800 Tomcat in flight. Image Source: Inspired Flight Technologies
“Most of the key technologies that enable the impressive performance and utility of modern, commercial drones were invented in the United States. The Inspired Flight team is honored to play our part in restoring these capabilities back to our shores.” – Rick Stollmeyer, CEO, Inspired Flight
Inspired Flight’s announcement of the IF800 Tomcat reinforces their commitment to lead the American commercial drone industry, with cutting-edge technology and industry leading customer support. With its unwavering dedication to NDAA compliance and American manufacturing, Inspired Flight emerges as a trusted partner for businesses, government agencies, and drone enthusiasts seeking reliable, secure, and high-performance uncrewed aircraft systems. The IF800 Tomcat boasts and array of advanced features that cater to diverse professional applications, including high resolution aerial photogrammetry, surveying, search and rescue, and infrastructure inspection.
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About Inspired Flight
Founded in 2017 in San Luis Obispo, CA, Inspired Flight is an industry-leading US-based team specializing in the design, development, and manufacturing of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). Their highly capable drone platforms incorporate innovative hardware and software designs to provide tailored industrial-grade solutions, trusted by both commercial and government customers alike.
Inspired Flight team members testing the IF800 Tomcat. Image Source: Inspired Flight Technologies