Elsight and Dufour Aerospace recently announced they have successfully completed their first end-to-end drone trials with the Halo drone connectivity solution onboard, in conjunction with Oblivion Aerial.
According to Dufour, the trials involved monitoring a drone along the flight corridor, using air and ground sensors. The purpose of the flights was to test Elsight’s Halo system’s connectivity capabilities in the Swiss aerial environment, including operating with different mobile network providers in mountainous areas. The company says this will enable Dufour Aerospace’s Aero2 development program to gradually advance to the next stage and into BVLOS flight testing.
In a press release Dufour reports “Flights were carried out with multiple crews (TKOF/LDG location, main spotter, back-up spotter), all equipped with traditional radio control and 2.4 GHz analog back-up FPV. The TKOF/LDG location crew had live telemetry/video feedback through the Elsight Halo on LTE bands, and was in continuous radio contact with the spotter teams.
“The trials included over 26km of traveling distance, with a max altitude reached of 1,800m above sea level. Average speed of the ArduPilot controlled fixed-wing test vehicle reached 72 KMH, with a max AGL altitude of 845m.”
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