• These guys from BC, Canada did it, long before the RCexplorer guy. They may have been the first, even. But here is their website, they seem to have documented their adventures quite well.

    We are doing the same project here at our university, and are hoping to research some novel designs in this scheme. Looking forward to working with all of you!

  • You will find this video a big help my friend. Enjoy !


  • I know I'm asking late, but did you do the project yet? If so, how did the APM perform at high altitude?

  • This guy RCExplorer did it.
  • This is an idea I was thinking about also, its nice to see that someone else is attempting to do the same. I actually wanted to film the whole thing via a cam on the uav/glider.

    I've been doing a bit of research which led me here.


    The link you provided is exactly what I'm wanting to do.  I'm still at the drawing board to see what would be best for this type of project.


    I've been trying to answer a few questions, not sure if they will come into play, but they still seem to be variables in this project.  Most of which seem to be focused around higher altitudes.


    1.) Tracking this on its accent.  Determining a "detach" point/altitude.

    2.) High alt winds, will this blow the glider off course?  If so, how easy would it be to get back to a certain waypoint.(battery life, enough power to get to waypoint x)

    3.) Will higher altitudes and temp affect battery life(assuming it will be up there for a minute or two).

    4.) Will gps be effective at higher altitudes?

    5.)Is a glider the best solution? Weight wise?

    6.)would audropilot be a good solution for this type of project?


    Like i said I'm still in the research and development stages of this.  I hope to have something together soon for flight.





  • I have not done that yet, and you are probably the first to do it conrolled. when you make this the payload of the balloon  must be under 4 pounds (regs may very pending nation, but 4 pounds or less is good) add two strips of foil for radar check, the tail or midsection should have foil wrapped around it for he same purpose. this is a safety feater (the foil) which allows for radar stations to alert aircraft of an unknown presence bearing mass, if you have a airport in the 60 mile radius alert them and seek clearance (again percautionary). cant wait to hear your results, hope it goes by well and safe, love a video!

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