UAVOS has announced the completion of a successful test flight of its modified ApusDuo solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS).
ApusDuo’s design has been modified to increase reliability and decrease overall weight.
Improvements include an increased wingspan and better control algorithms that reduce power consumption.
The modified prototype comes with a wingspan of 28 meters and a payload capacity of 8kg and is designed to act as a telecommunications platform, delivering global connectivity.
UAVOS CEO, Aliaksei Stratsilatau, said: “UAVOS demonstrated a flight of ApusDuo aircraft with a wingspan of 9000m in August 2018.
“Following lower-altitude test flights and other preoperational activities, currently we coordinate with the Air Traffic control getting a permit to perform stratospheric test flights.”