High Altitude Flight Test

ConservationDrones.org tested the vertical limit of the Techpod in open ocean and 30-40 km per hour wind conditions. We were aiming to reach 1 km above sea level. But the motor gave up at 700 m, from where the APM guided the Techpod down extremely well. During an attempted manual landing (on Stabilize mode), it crashed into a mangrove tree with damage only to the motor mount. Motor was completely burned out though.

Airframe: Techpod (2.5 m wing span)
All-Up-Weight: about 2.5 kg
Motor: Turnigy 3536 1000 kv
Propeller: 11 x 6
Battery: 2 x 5000 mAh Turnigy
Autopilot: APM 2.5+
Telemetry modems: RDF900 (ground station) & 3DR (onboard)