Flight path of the Skyhunter tracking waypoints in auto mode
Flight path of the Skyhunter tracking waypoints in auto mode

The Skyhunter airframe was successfully flown today was 40 minutes in Auto mode.

As part of the requirements for the competition in September, the team needs to complete 5 hours of logged autonomous flight, with one flight of at least 30 minutes, so this is a key step towards achieving this goal.

The Skyhunter was set to track 4 waypoints repeatedly. We were using 2 four cell, 5 amp-hour batteries, and flew at about 55 km/h. The Skyhunter was flown earlier in the day in Autotune mode to improve the tuning of the autonomous controller. The waypoint tracking was not 100% ideal, however this will be improved with further navigation tuning with the L1 controller.

The Skyhunter was not carrying the 500ml bottle of water, however we do not anticipate that this extra weight will affect our performance too much. We are also keen to try further testing with a larger payload of batteries to get extended range.

Geoff getting a quick photo of the Skyhunter, whilst monitoring the flight from the Ground Control Station
Geoff getting a quick photo of the Skyhunter, whilst monitoring the flight from the Ground Control Station
We didn't have a great camera, but a photo nonetheless of the Skyhunter flying
We didn’t have a great camera, but a photo nonetheless of the Skyhunter flying
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