Hello. We wanted to contribute to this blog by highlighting the development and flight testing of our Ardupilot controlled Hybrid VTOL platform, dubbed Hybrid Project for now. The first few posts will provide some background on our early development and prototypes. In the future I would like to submit weekly updates outlining the manufacturing of our airframe, along with flight testing data and developments.
Our primary goals have been to design and manufacture a gas-electric hybrid, long endurance (and BVLOS), VTOL platform in a way that keeps production costs minimal and proves that reliable, high performance sUAS’s can be had for a fraction of the cost of currently available aircraft.
Other design criteria include:
Modularity - the aircraft must be able to accept a wide variety of payloads without requiring complete re-design of the fuselage.
A mechanically simple starter for gas engine that doubles as a generator to charge the flight batteries and and other on-board systems as well as possible payloads.
The ability to operate in harsh conditions, including rain.
Aircraft needs to be simple to dismantle and re-assembled for easy transport.
Most of these criteria have already been integrated and flight tested with positive results. Some of the weather resistant and “easy take-down” features are currently in the design stage and soon to be manufactured.
We appreciate the vast knowledge contained in these pages. We hope that through sharing our experiences we can contribute, in our own way, to the Ardupilot community.
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