AeroVironment Introduces Next-Generation VAPOR 55 MX All-Electric Unmanned Helicopter System Designed for Heavier Payloads and Longer Distances

  • The next-gen VAPOR 55 offers a more streamlined modular design with performance enhancements that optimize the user experience

  • Re-engineered for increased levels of operational efficiency with 25% increased endurance and 20% increased payload capacity

  • New payload interface and tool-less quick-rail mounting allow quick and easy field integration of current and future payloads for increased mission flexibility

ARLINGTON, Virginia, September 13, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent multi-domain robotics systems, today announced the launch of the next-generation VAPOR® Helicopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), STEAM 55 MX. Delivering new levels of operational performance with a completely redesigned modular range framework, the VAPOR 55 MX enables increased endurance and expanded payload capacity to meet the current and emerging needs of defense, commercial and industrial customers.

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The VAPOR 55 MX is more robust and compressible than its predecessor and can stay in the air longer, hover and cover more ground. (Image: AeroVironment, Inc.)

“The new VAPOR 55 MX is an easy-to-maintain system that incorporates a highly versatile modular architecture and tool-less rail system for easy and efficient integration of third-party or custom payloads, allowing users to adapt to multiple sensors, multiple-mission requirements, including utility inspection, aerial surveying, public safety and defense applications,” said Trace Stevenson, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager. for small UAS.

Built on the industry-leading endurance and payload weight performance of its predecessor, the VAPOR 55 MX features a new sleek and efficient low-profile design that keeps the UAS helicopter in the air 25% longer and to operate in all weathers. The VAPOR 55 MX is capable of lifting heavy loads and its increased payload capacity allows users to choose between one or more payload configurations.

This large modular payload bay can carry up to 12 pounds of payload with over 70 minutes of flight time while maintaining the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restricted gross take-off weight (GTOW) of 55 pounds for business customers. For military customers who require more takeoff weight, the VAPOR 55 MX is capable of a 65-pound GTOW and can carry up to 22 pounds of usable payloads with reduced endurance trade-off, approaching the Group 3 weight class limit.

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AeroVironment’s multi-domain intelligent robotic systems portfolio includes space-saving, runway-independent unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). These solutions provide increased multi-mission capabilities with the ability to select the appropriate aircraft and payload based on the type of mission to be performed. These capabilities have the potential to provide significant force protection and multiplication benefits to small tactical units and security personnel, as well as greater security, scalability and cost savings for commercial operators. AeroVironment provides turnkey Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and support services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of mission success. AeroVironment has delivered tens of thousands of new and replacement unmanned aerial vehicles to customers in the United States and more than 50 allied governments. For more information, visit


AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can proceed with certainty. Based in Virginia, AeroVironment is a global leader in multi-domain intelligent robotic systems and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit


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Makayla Thomas
AeroVironment, Inc.
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