This week the Raptor 140 completed a 30km (18.6mi) fully autonomous flight! It only used 58% of it's 8.8Ah batteries, giving it a potential ability to cover 51.2km (31.8mi) on a single charge, the whole time flying at 75kph (47mph) for 40+ minutes! Impressive...
Some additional metrics to consider: is average amp draw was 12.8amps, or 21% of the 60amp esc, also it had a 5.8km/Ah (3.6mi/Ah) efficiency, meaning that if I added an additional amp hour of battery life, it could cover an additional 5.8km or 3.6mi. The original Raptor did an average of 5.5km/Ah.
Next week I'll start pushing the speed limit, seeing how fast and far the 140 can go. My end goal is to be able to cruise at 100kph (62mph) and still have a reasonable efficiency.
Also, I've been asked by dozens of people if I'd make a 140 for them, so I will! Starting in November I'll start selling Raptor 140 kits on my website: MyGeekShow.com. I plan on shipping worldwide and will have kits available starting at $89.99.
See you next week!
Raptor 140 Stats:
Max Flight Time: 60min
Max Range: 50km
Stall Speed: 25kph
Cruise Speed: 75kph
Max Speed: 127kph
Radio Range: 1.5km
The equipment on it:
Autopilot: APM2.6 https://store.3drobotics.com/products/apm-2-6-kit-1
FPV/Onboard Camera: http://www.foxtechfpv.com/horyzonhd-full-hd-1080p-fpv-camera-v3-p-8...
Radio Tx: ParkeFlyer Turnigy 9x Tx: http://parkeflyer.com/
Reciever: 6ch FlySky http://www.hobbypartz.com/79p-r6b-receiver.html
Telemtry: 915mhz 100mW 3DR http://store.3drobotics.com/products/3dr-radio-telemetry-kit-915-mhz
Battery: 4.4Ah 30C Sky Lipo: http://www.hobbypartz.com/77p-sl4400-3s1p-30c-3333.html
ESC: 60A Brushless http://www.hobbypartz.com/proton60aair.html
Motor: 3542 1450kv brushless http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=38700
Prop: 10x6 Carbon Fiber Folding http://www.hobby-lobby.com/10x6_carbon_fiber_cam_blade_797_prd1.htm
Servos: 11g digital http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=42620
UBEC (for FPV camera): 3A http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4319
Raptor Details: http://www.mygeekshow.com/theairplanes/Raptor.html
USA Trip Details: http://www.mygeekshow.com/usatrip/
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