July of 2017, a long endurance solar Wi-Fi UAV(unmanned aerial vehicle) called Phantom5 developed by Team Phantom who come from Northwestern Polytechnical University created a new domestic record of flying 383 mins.
Phantom5 took off at 5:04am on Shanbei Plateau and began its journey. After 12hours flight there was a unexpected rainstorm with strong wind over 14m/s came but Phantom5 hadn’t finished the mission yet. The storm lasted nearly one hour and everyone there was worry about whether Phantom5 could hold it.
The answer is Yes.
Phantom5 flew steadily in the rain and kept flying until 9:14pm, total 383mins(16hour and 9mins) flying time. Created a new record of endurance of solar UAV in China.
Which Autopilot did Phantom5 use in this flight?
JOUAV provided Team Phantom AP-201 autopilot for carrying out this experiment at the beginning of July. Team Phantom came to Beichuan, the flight base of JOUAV for pre-test with JOUAV’s technicians.
Details of AP-201
Integrated MEMS Inertial Sensor
Freescale high performance MPC5200 CPU
200Hz completely Nonlinear GPS/SINS Solution Frequency
200Hz update frequency of control loop
Novatel high precision RTK GPS receiver
Data transmission can reach up to 60Km
J30J Aviation connector with abundant interface resources
Solar Wi-Fi UAV
According to the designer of Phantom5, Solar Wi-Fi UAV combines solar energy, UAV, wireless router and Wi-Fi technology to build an air base station. It covers the area through single or multi-aircraft base stations to form a flexible mobile Internet air broadband communication infrastructure. In 2016, the model won the gold medal in the 18th Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology National Science and Technology Workers Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.