Today, we at Swivro conducted several tests of our solar-powered autonomous Lupus Drones, designed to fly up to high altitudes, provide internet, communications, high-resolution imaging, 24/7 live video, temperature & atmosphere monitoring, and more. We conducted a total of 3 flights today with this Lupus Drone. One very short hop, one 50ft hop, and one 150ft hop. All of these hops gave us data about aerodynamics with the drone, throttle capability, and more. The drone can throttle from about 10%-100% throttle and can move on its X-axis by individually throttling the 4 rotors.
This first Lupus Drone does not (yet) feature any solar panels, as it is the first Lupus drone. During these test flights, we also tested imaging, with the onboard HD Camera. The ascent for these 3 test flights was manually controlled, the hover & altitude hold was autonomous, and the landing was also autonomous, all via the onboard computer. Different tasks can be initiated on the ground via a program and/or buttons. Unfortunately, we decided not to publicize the images transmitted via the air from the drones onboard camera, but we did record 2 videos of the drone autonomously hovering & landing. There is still more data to collect and more configurations to fine-tune, so these 2 flights recorded were not the stable-est of flights.