Atlantik-Solar prototype test flight #001, which was performed on November 14th 2012 at Pfäffikon, CH, has been completed successfully! The test was performed to determine the general aerodynamic and structural characteristics of the airplane, e.g. the aerodynamic stability as well as the behaviour during take-off and landing. The behaviour of the aircraft was excellent throughout the whole test, with smooth gliding properties and good controllability! In this first test flight, the aircraft was steered via manual RC-control for the whole flight duration.
Test flight #001 marks a significant milestone in the project. Its successful completion verifies the overall aircraft design and enables us to shift the team’s focus on the design of the autonomous flight system and the solar-electric power system. In addition, preparations for the small-series production of the Atlantic-crossing aircrafts will be started soon.