What a cool platform, its already been approved for manned flight so not much of a leap when it comes to jumping through unmanned hoops.


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Comment by Fabien Bruning on September 7, 2010 at 2:35pm
Looks nice, but with 30 minutes of autonomous flight ( so no humans and the compartment stuffed with batteries, I presume) it doesn't last very long.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 7, 2010 at 2:41pm
Well I'm sure they will change that, perhaps with a fuel cell. The point is the airframe has already been approved for flight. OPVs are rolling out already. The DA42s licenced pilot can take it to a hot spot and then pull all the gear out. Setup the GCS fill it up with fuel and send it off. http://www.suasnews.com/2009/08/19/opv-optionally-piloted-vehicle/
Comment by Jack Crossfire on September 7, 2010 at 8:34pm
Europeans are a lot shorter than us. Doubt the average American would fit in there.

Comment by Morli on September 7, 2010 at 9:04pm
Batteries sizes are universal :)
Comment by ionut on September 7, 2010 at 11:08pm
Jack I always wondered how an average american looks like?:)Or an average human ?Or an average mammal
Comment by Patrick Hammer on September 8, 2010 at 2:54am
The Cri-Cri first flew, if I recall correctly sometime in the early 70's (or was it early 80's?).

An example fitted out with RC jet turbines can be seen on:


.... the picture here gives a better idea of just how small it is - smaller than some large scale RC models!
Comment by dunk on September 10, 2010 at 3:19am
Jack, i think you mean thinner, not shorter.


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