Elektra Solar GmbH commissioned its new redundant autopilot system on 30.08.2018 and successfully demonstrated several autonomous flights with its high-altitude long endurance aircraft Elektra Two Solar. For safety reasons, another pilot was on board, but not had to intervene at any stage of the flights. With no problems and in less than ideal weather conditions, take-offs and landings took place. During the flights various parameters and modes of the whole system were tested.
"We have taken a giant step towards the stratosphere and are very optimistic that we will be able to fly in a short time with our next aircraft at altitudes up to 20 km.
We are not yet able to achieve this goal with the current aircraft. However, in order to achieve this, we followed new paths in the manufacture of the next aircraft in process and production technology" Dr. Konstantin, managing director of the company said.
The high-tech company from the Bavarian Landsberg am Lech manufactures manned and unmanned aircraft for scientific and commercial tasks.
The added value is almost 100% in the company. There is no dependence on suppliers. The development of control algorithms and systems is supported by close cooperation with the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics.
The aircraft are characterized by long flight times and are able to carry payloads of up to 100 kg.
The double-redundant, solar-electric propulsion system is powered by the sun.
Due to the 2 times redundancy in the electric propulsion system and the 3 times redundancy in the control, the aircraft are extremely reliable and safe. In addition, there is a robust construction of the structure that allows uncomplicated and economical operation of the systems.
The virtually noiseless operation meets today's requirements for environmentally friendly aviation.
The developed of the highly efficient "Energy-Saving-Concept" is supported by the latest state of the art extremely powerful solar cells.
One of the objectives of Elektra Solar is to be able to realize day and night flight missions for a wide variety of economically applications.