Mira Aerospace, a joint venture between UAVOS, a renowned developer and manufacturer of advanced unmanned systems, and Bayanat, a part of Abu Dhabi-based G42, has proudly announced the successful test flight of the ApusDuo solar-powered high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS). Taking place on June 8, 2023, at the Huye aerodrome in the Republic of Rwanda, this milestone marks a significant advancement in aerospace technology. With all fundamental aircraft tests for the ApusDuo HAPS now completed, Mira Aerospace is gearing up for the next phase of stratospheric test flights.
During the test flight, the ApusDuo UAS soared to altitudes of 16,686 meters HMSL (height above mean sea level) and skillfully touched down at the departure runway in just 10 hours and 30 minutes after takeoff. The ApusDuo HAPS successfully accomplished a range of test points, including flight stability checks and controllability, while carrying a payload of 3.6 kg at high altitudes. Additionally, the C2 link performance evaluation (the communications link between the UAV and its ground station) was thoroughly assessed.
The UAVOS-designed avionics system exhibited its exceptional capabilities even in extreme temperatures of minus 68 degrees centigrade. Serving as the brain of the ApusDuo unmanned aircraft, the UAVOS avionics system ensures safe Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight profiles during various phases of lift-off, ascent, and landing.
Vadim Tarasov, Board Member of Mira Aerospace, expressed his delight, stating, “We’re extremely pleased about the successful completion of the next test range. Based on our experience and learnings from these tests, we feel there are even greater possibilities for the HAPS business.” The Mira Aerospace team remains steadfast in its mission to bridge the world’s digital divide and revolutionize mobile connectivity through the innovative HAPS platform.
The HAPS program aims to accelerate the development and adoption of HAPS technology to support high altitude missions encompassing various applications in Connectivity, Earth observation, Weather, Security, Natural Resources, and Emergency Disaster management. HAPS systems refer to unmanned aircraft operating in the stratosphere, functioning like telecommunication base stations to provide connectivity across wide areas. Their ability to offer stable telecommunications networks regardless of ground conditions is anticipated to aid in rescue and recovery efforts during times of disasters.
To witness the remarkable ApusDuo HAPS in action, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3DjuLZQ