Zborul a avut in data de 13 februarie 2014, Air Strato ridicandu-se pana la altitudinea de 25 de metri, dupa care a revenit pe sol.
Pentru acest zbor, drona a fost dotata cu patru motoare electrice, desi ea are numai doua. Decizia a fost luata pentru a scurta distanta de decolare. Un detaliu interesant este ca trenul de aterizare a fost avariat la aterizare.
Ca o nota personala, ma bucura faptul ca ARCA a reactionat in sfarsit si ne arata niste imagini cu drona zburand. Ba chiar o face la doar doua zile dupa ce scriam aici ca ar fi fost extrem de utile niste imagini cu Air Strato in aer. Binenteles ca nu AviatiaMagazin este responsabil pentru aceasta „dezvaluire”, dar e interesant, poate c-am avut si noi o contributie cat de mica.
Din pacate, nu este vorba despre un comunicat de presa (cel putin nu unul care sa fie pe site-ul lor sau care sa-l primim si noi pe mail), asa ca informatiile si imaginile vin via prietenii de la Resboiu.ro.
P.S. Imaginile sunt, evident, luat dintr-un clip video. Draga ARCA, am putea vedea si o parte macar din filmul in care Air Strato zboara?
On February 13, 2014, Air Strato, electrical powered unmanned aerial vehicle performed the first take-off from rough ground. The aircraft performed a short flight at 25 m altitude and then landed.
Air Strato was powered by four electrical engines. Two supplementary engines were added in order to shorten the take-off distance. Other additions ware suspensions installed on main and forward landing gear. The right landing gear suspension was damaged at touch down.
“The aircraft had only 10 percent of the batteries intended for the commercial version so we had to add ballast to simulate take-off weight. We also added two more electrical motors to increase thrust, needed on the rough ground to decrease take-off distance that, combined with the landing gear suspension, provided for a smooth taxi and take-off on rough terrain. It took less than 30 m to lift into the air at maximum thrust. Also we were impressed by the aircraft’s rate of climb.” – Teodor Diaconu, ARCA flight dynamics engineer.
Air Strato is a high altitude electrical powered unmanned aerial vehicle. It can reach altitudes of above 18 km and has an autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and 3 days using solar panels. It can carry a variable payload up to 30 kg consisting of surveillance equipment or other scientific instruments.