The latest iteration of Robo Raven III involves the introduction of solar cells that are integrated directly into the wings, body, and tail, which will allow the vehicle to fly for longer durations and distances. Previous versions only had the panels on the wings.

Robo Raven V is a bit different in that it uses both wings and propellers to generate more thrust and produce enhanced maneuverability. This bimodal propulsion allows it to perform tight and controlled aerobatics, carry heavier payloads (including onboard sensing and surveillance technologies), fly longer, and perform more bird-like soars and glides.

Amazingly, Robo Raven V is capable of taking off without any assistance.

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