UAVOS Inc. has successfully completed the first stage of the flight tests of the ApusDuo High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS).
The 10-meter prototype was manufactured as part of the development program of ApusDuo solar aircraft with a wing span of 28m. The prototype was made for testing control algorithms, including take-off and landing, full-scale verification of HAPS aerodynamics. Test flights fully confirmed the flight characteristics of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
UAVOS’ innovative autopilot solution controls the flexible wing by analyzing the extended aspect ratio of the wing’s deformation and adjusting the lift punctually. This type of control allows for an equal distribution of the structural load all over the wing and reduces the weight by effectively controlling the aircraft in all flight modes.
The ApusDuo carrier can be used for video surveillance and monitoring, drone communications system, broadband coverage, frequency jamming, radio link range extension and re-transmission, target designation and as R&D flying laboratory (meteorology, hydrology, earth monitoring, etc.)
Wingspan : 15 m (49.2 ft)
Temperature range : -65°C to +55°C
Base : Paved runway
Airspeed at sea level : 8 m/s
Airspeed at 15000 m AMSL : 27 m/s
Takeoff and landing on runway : Fully automatic
Solar cells efficiency : 21%
Ground – based Landing equipment : Not required
Payload : 2 kg
Storage : Transport module
Service ceiling : From 12,000 m (39,370 ft) to 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
Endurance : 365 days at a latitude of 20°
MTOW : 23 kg