Next Gen Conservation Drone under testing
We are experimenting with several different airframes for the next fleet of Conservation Drones. One of these models is the X5 which we mentioned earlier. Another promising candidate is the new Condor Skywalker 1880. The main motivation to experiment with the Skywalker is to improve flying time and range. The main advantage of the Skywalker over the FPV Raptor (Drone 2.0) and HK Bixler (Drone 1.0) is that the Skywalker has massive fuselage and wing area. Furthermore, a side door can be cut out from the fuselage to facilitate initialization of the APM and camera prior to each flight.
An initial test using two 3S 20C 4000 mAh batteries connected in parallel (8000 mAh total), with an additional dummy weight of 200 g (simulating a GoPro camera payload) suggests a total flight time of ~70 min. That test flight was achieved with a Turnigy D3536/8 1000 KV motor spinning a TGS 9x6E propeller, regulated by a 50A speed controller, and had an All-Up-Weight (AUW) of 2.2 kg (~900 g of payload). If programmed to fly at a speed of 12 m/s, the total range of the Skywalker-based Conservation Drone would be close to 50 km!
You might also take a look at the new 2.4 meter span super sky surfer!
I know. It looks awesome! Thanks!
with a range of 50km this device would meet our needs for monitoring deforestation hotspots from our ranger headquarters in Cambodia. It would also start to be a viable tool for monitoring large mammals along line transects. Problem is if the thing crashed along the way we’d have a longer distance to travel to find it!
Where can I get one!
Very exciting stuff all this!
Nice job¡¡¡. How get back the airplane to the headquarter? with autopilot or radiotelemetry?