Back to the Future 2 – The RPAS Wind Master

21. December 2014

The RPAS Wind Master

Over 5 years ago. In clearly windy conditions the AscTec Falcon 8 quite holds its position. Daniel Gurdan shows a plastic bag almost blown off – so you can feel the breeze. This is particularly remarkable and encouraging since such conditions are challenging for nearly any professional RPAS available today. RPAS is an akronym for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System just like UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System). Sometimes it’s simply could drone, but we prefer the more scientific and technological terms. Either way the AscTec Falcon 8 with an empty weight under 1 kg (without payload) is still one of the lightest professionally used microdrones at all.

Market leaders – RPAS inspection & monitoring

It’s not surprising that both Cyberhawk and Sky-Futures the market leading RPAS service provider for industrial inspection and visual monitoring prefer the AscTec Falcon 8. Of course highly risky missions demand perfection in craft and manufacturing. In practical terms, this means you can control and fly the AscTec Falcon 8 intuitively with a little bit of practice. But coming orders and missions will demand more: Take for instance the RPAS based inspection between splash water and under deck. There you/your RPAS must stand. Any slight exaggeration regarding claims or advertising promises must prove its competitiveness right now. Accordingly we recommend the best combination: top pilot, top flight system and top autopilot.

Test the best … and request wind!

Test first, buy later. The tried and personally tested flight system should resist to windy conditions and stay stable wether its windless or not. The wind will separate the chaff from the wheat. Or simply foresee and prevent that it is windy at the spot, right then, in every altitude, during a whole flight. Let’s face it: Test the best and request wind. Each qualified pilot experienced an apparently calm, easy spots, which tend to come challenging maybe risky situation. Suddenly the RPAS will drift and you loose full control. Except and accept that there are faultiless conditions in any way. Perfect GPS reception, no obstacles or electromagnetic radiation around. Though your RPAS is remotely controlled – by wind.

Development knowledge for deep trust

With the AscTec Trinity we offer a proof of our depth of production. The new flight control unit – called autopilot – will make your AscTec Falcon 8 a maximum safe & precise drone. The AscTec Trinity is a triple redundant flight control, which is standard in commercial air­liners to ensure maximum safety. Errors in flight critical attitude sensors can be identified by automatic data comparison with two redundant units. The same applies to all communication systems relevant for control. Due to the adaptive flight control your AscTec Falcon 8 will stay up in the air as long as the laws of physics allow it. Just remember: Hardly any RPAS can work effective when the wind becomes too strong.