Initial Testing Performed with Autonomous Solar-Powered UAS

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Skydweller Aero has performed a successful flight demonstration of the initial aircraft control, actuation, and sensor technology systems of the company’s autonomous solar-powered UAS. The demonstration included testing of proprietary autonomous software, while measuring and evaluating multiple open-loop system identification inputs to collect data on the UAV’s static and dynamic characteristics at various altitudes.

By running critical test points at various altitude, Skydweller Aero also enabled the achievement of a preliminary world record claim: the highest altitude reached and sustained by a U.S.-piloted solar-powered aircraft, hovering at nearly 4876 meters. For the next stage, Skydweller plans to transition to fully autonomous flight testing.



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