UAVOS and Stratodynamics have confirmed their HiDRON stratospheric glider has successfully reached a new altitude of 30 km (98,450 feet) breaking their previous 25km record.
The night flight was the first of two flights commissioned to test a new AMON Airglow detector from the Slovak Academy of Sciences Institute of Experimental Physics.
In addition to the AMON detector, Stratodynamics and UAVOS used the flight opportunity to test and advance aspects of the HiDRON design including stratospheric flight dynamics, data links, and UAVOS’ Autopilot.
From the start of the HIDRON until its landing in an automatic mode, the flight was conducted BVLOS.
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This international collaboration is the culmination of 7 months of planning between Stratodynamics, and the Slovak Academy of Sciences Institute of Experimental Physics, and UAV pioneer – UAVOS.
All went according to the plan with the UAVOS ground crew lifted HiDRON by a balloon to the 30km target altitude and released in -60° C (-76° F) stratospheric winds.
The team said that despite the harsh environment, the HiDRON performed well with the real time data transmitted to the ground station during a 4 hour controlled descent.
Aliaksei Stratsilatau, UAVOS board member and CEO, commented: “HiDRON is a real solution to advancing the important research around climate change and other atmospheric chemistry problems. HiDRON provides solutions to tough problems that affect all of humankind, which is why it is such a capable and necessary platform for researchers.”