First flight of Aurora’s UAV »Odysseus« is scheduled for spring 2019

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. unveiled its new solar-powered autonomous aircraft »Odysseus«, an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, »Odysseus« can »effectively fly indefinitely, all powered by clean, renewable energy.« The UAV (unpiloted aerial vehicle) »can persistently and autonomously remain on station. This enables communication and data gathering over a specific location.« With its payload capacity, it will provide researchers with long-term, high-resolution observation capabilities, says the company: The platform can measure vegetation, ice coverage and flow rates, and even ground moisture.« According to Aurora Flight Science, the inspiration for »Odysseus« started with the »Daedalus« project that set records in distance and for human-powered flight in 1988 with a 72-mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini.
»Odysseus«' first flight is scheduled for the spring of 2019. Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and has more than 700 employees and operates in six locations, including research and development centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Luzern, Switzerland, and manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Columbus, Mississippi.

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