Last Sunday we reached another milestone accumulating a total of 6.5 hours autonomous flight. With this we met the main requirement of Deliverable #3 for the OBC requiring 5 autonomous hours with at least one flight longer than 30 min.
Following this we moved onto the next phase of testing our “Joe Finder” onboard vision system in the Viper. The initial results were looking quite promising.
The following video shows a compilation of the flights from the day including some sequences created from the onboard downward facing imaging camera.
Seconds away from launch:
Julian checking the status of onboard vision system as we “search for Joe”:
We started clocking up on autonomous flight hours required for the 3rd and final deliverable which will be the final one before heading to Australia.
On Sunday we flew two autonomous missions: a 15 min. mission after finalising our tuning efforts and then a 30 min. mission covering a distance of 42km (flying small circuits). As we continue flights we will be working on optimising flight performance which should give us well over 1 hour flight time with the full battery load.
Here is a video showing the Viper cruising above and my son enjoying the onboard view.
Here is Julian relaxing while he keeps an eye on one of our test wings with the inbuilt vision systems searching for us in the field.