The Sunglider high altitude platform system UAV ends initial testing to go stratospheric for high altitude test programme.
HAPSMobile has performed its fourth successful test flight earlier this month of the “Sunglider” solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Now, with all basic aircraft tests for the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) having been completed, HAPSMobile will proceed with preparations for stratospheric test flights.
In this test flight, the newly stratospheric telecommunications platform UAV reached altitudes higher than those of previous flights and maintained high altitudes for a long duration. Sunglider also successfully passed all test points, including flight speed changes, steep turns, automated flight control in the event of interrupted communications with the Ground Control System, and in-flight balance control.
In addition to its existing test facility on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, HAPSMobile built a new test site at Spaceport America as part of its mid to long-term business plan. Since the new site offers flexibility in coordinating test flight schedules, there will be opportunities to conduct test flights with greater frequency and more freedom to conduct various types of tests. HAPSMobile also plans to conduct stratospheric test flights at this location.
“We’re extremely pleased that we successfully completed all basic tests. The test flight validates the research results we have steadily accumulated, and the graceful flight at our new facility in Spaceport America has given us great confidence,” said Junichi Miyakawa, President & CEO of HAPSMobile. “Based on our experience from these basic tests, I feel there are even greater possibilities for the HAPS business. We’ll continue to work toward our ultimate goal of bridging the world’s digital divide and revolutionising mobile connectivity by making use of the HAPS platform.”