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World's first manned aerobatic optionally piloted multi-rotor shown pulling loops and rolls

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Drones execute rolls and loops with pilots training on DCL – The Game.

Drone Champions AG, creators of the Drone Champions League and DCL – The Game, have unveiled the first-ever manned drone capable of aerobatic manoeuvres such as rolls and loops. Here is all you need to know:

- The "Big Drone" is the brainchild of Drone Champions founder Herbert Weirather, who personally assisted in the testing process, sitting in the single-seat machine as it was piloted via RC controller by former Drone Champions League contender Mirko Cesena.

- After months of development, Drone Champions AG initiated testing of the Big Drone in early February at an indoor facility in Germany before taking it to Vrsar in Croatia for its maiden outdoor flights, where aerobatic manoeuvres were successfully executed.

- Weirather, who is also CEO of the Drone Champions League, said: "We have developed and built the first-ever manned aerobatic drone with the vision to create a brand-new future racing experience and to recruit drone pilots through DCL – The Game. Everyone should have the opportunity to fly, and DCL – The Game provides a starting point."

- Drone Champions AG will use the test data to continue refinement of the Big Drone, while aspiring pilots can play DCL – The Game to build their competition skills.

- DCL – The Game delivers a high-speed flight experience at home and gamers can face off against pilots from every corner of the globe in multi-player modes for up to 30 people.

- In addition to training and playing on DCL – The Game, users can qualify for real-life drone racing events like the Drone Champions League by playing in the DCL Draft Selection.

- The Drone Champions League is an innovative series that since 2016 has drawn the world's best pilots of small racing drones (quadcopters), which reach over 160 km/h in head-to-head battles, and is the recognised World Championship of professional drone racing.

- Members of Flite Test, which produces expert content specifically to serve the RC community, were on hand to witness the historic drone milestone being performed.

- Josh Bixler from Flite Test revealed: "I feel like this experience is honestly a new chapter for multi-rotors. To be able to have kids go into the hobby and aspire for bigger things is always a goal of Flite Test."

Drone Champions League Calendar 2020
May 1-3 : Draft Selection, London, UK
TBA: Drone Grand Prix Vaduz, Switzerland
August 7-8: Drone Grand Prix Moscow, Russia
August 21-22: Drone Grand Prix Simatai, China
October 2-3: Drone Grand Prix Lake Zurich, Switzerland

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BAe's Pseudo Satellite: Ground-breaking solar powered unmanned aircraft makes first flight

Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year.

PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has successfully completed its maiden flight. The landmark flight paves the way to this new aircraft becoming a game changer in the air and space market, plugging the gap between aircraft and satellite technology.    

PHASA-35 has been designed, built and now flown in less than two years as part of a collaboration between ourselves and Prismatic Ltd, which we agreed to acquire last year. Designed to operate unmanned in the stratosphere, above the weather and conventional air traffic, PHASA-35 offers a persistent and affordable alternative to satellites combined with the flexibility of an aircraft, which could be used for a range of valuable applications including forest fire detection and maritime surveillance.  

Sponsored by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Woomera Test Range in South Australia.

The trials marked the first fully integrated flight test of the PHASA-35 system, delivering rapid proof of capability from design to flight in just 20 months. They are the culmination of efforts from a collaborative team of British experts from Prismatic in Hampshire - where two full-sized concept aircraft were built last year - working alongside our engineers in Lancashire, where the aircraft underwent further integration testing prior to flight trials.

Going the distance

As a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) vehicle, PHASA-35 is powered by the Sun during the day and by batteries overnight. The long-life battery and highly efficient solar technology could allow the aircraft to maintain flight for up to a year operating in the stratosphere, the upper regions of the Earth's atmosphere.

PHASA-35 is designed to provide a persistent, stable platform for monitoring, surveillance, communications and security applications.  When connected to other technologies and assets, it will provide both military and commercial customers with capabilities that are not currently available from existing air and space platforms. The Unmanned Air Vehicle also has the potential to be used in the delivery of communications networks including 5G, as well as provide other services, such as disaster relief and border protection, at a fraction of the cost of satellites.
Ian Muldowney, Engineering Director here at BAE Systems, said: "This is an outstanding early result that demonstrates the pace that can be achieved when we bring the best of British capability together. To go from design to flight in less than two years shows that we can rise to the challenge the UK Government has set industry to deliver a Future Combat Air System within the next decade."
Our acquisition of Prismatic forms part of the Company's strategy to develop breakthrough technologies, making bolt-on acquisitions where they complement existing capabilities and provide an opportunity to accelerate technology development in key areas.

Further flight trials are scheduled for later this year, with the possibility that the aircraft could enter initial operations with customers within 12 months of the flight trials programme completion.


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