Evacuation by drone could soon appear on the readiness checklists of rescue and first responder groups worldwide.

Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant ratchets up the potential for drone deployment for a wide range of military, industrial, and civilian applications.

The unmanned Cormorant is a compact, single-engine Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Internal lift rotors give the drone the ability to land and take off almost anywhere it can find a large SUV-sized horizontal surface.

Unlike helicopters and many smaller drones with exposed rotors, the Cormorant’s six-foot rotors turn inside circular housings underneath the aircraft within the superstructure’s front and rear — hence the term “internal lift rotors.”

The lift rotors don’t swivel for horizontal travel.

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