Good evening to All.

 The fifteen plus years of my involvement with airmodelling, has sometimes brought me in strange paths, mysterious driveways, beautiful agony. The journey to Ithaca continues with great passion for research, construction, testing new technologies. In this journey I meet people who inspire me, support me, eventually becoming ... Friends with a capital F. I think that even if I had a second life, this is how I’d like to live it again…

 When Dimitris showed me his work of creating an unmanned aerial platform for Precision Agriculture and related mapping applications, I thought ... Oh man… that guy is ingenious! And I wanted to share that creation with him. The effort was finally started among 4 friends with a 5th already helping us on building the airframe, six months ago, we named our team "UcanDrone" and only God knows where all this will lead us, but... he also knows just how much we love it.

  

A team member suggested this ship should be called Phoreas, which means “carrier” in English, and so we did. It was originally designed as a low drag motorglider, carrying an FPV camera and another one for GIS or other specialized applications, as well as an autopilot. We necessarily had to involve with mold making for the fuselage, motor mount and boom. Everything is handmade, new techniques for me and the team, but we’re steady learning more and more each day. Dimitris’s prototype algorithm shows the health of the Plants by a percentage greater than 95%, directing the owner of the plantation at correct decisions. APM autopilot, developed by an open group of genius people who love what they do, transforms that plane on a fully autonomous and Safe aerial platform, since it not only controls the airspace on which it will be flown, but also corrects the flight behaviour from stalls etc… Nice stuff.

Phoreas as a model plane and Dimitris’s work on Argiculture, was originally presented this year at the annual conference of ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) in Baltimore U.S.A. on March 27th. The road is difficult ahead of us, but our passion will eventually overcome any obstacle.

 

Specifications:

* Wing Span: 2.400m

* Wing Area: 53.4dm2

* Flying weight: 2700gr (with Autopilot and FPV gear)

* Wing Loading: 50.5gr/dm2

* Flight Time: >1 hour with the Recommended Power Setup (2 x Lithium-Polymer 4s 5000mah Batteries)

 

 For the whole 2013 year, we will keep Phoreas on a Beta form, until everything is ready for the production of the most delicate plane on which we All were involved so far... For more information, please visit this link...

 

 Many Thanks Everyone,

Gadetsakis Apostolos (aka DeltaMan)

UcanDrone – Airframe Department

 

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Comment by Phil Gordon on April 26, 2013 at 11:02am

Looks good guys.

Loving all these new platforms that are starting to pop up.

Comment by DeltaMan on April 26, 2013 at 11:21am

Hello Phil. Thanks a Lot for the comments. That was exactly our intention... Love.  :)


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Comment by James on April 26, 2013 at 11:24am

Thanks Phil! we appreciate it .

@Deltaman,  Men! you are learning more about Agriculture than me! i will try to keep up with the molds too! just a note, our new DWI model-algorith, can also forecast the Dry Weight Increase. Oh and the mentioned battery setup is for 2 flights per day. (not in paraller) 

 

Here is vid from the fabulus mobile GCS, Apostolos made for our Agro Team. (ok ... i confess, we use it for fun also..:)

 

Comment by dani maoz on April 27, 2013 at 8:16am

that's great, cant get to your link

keep on updating.

Comment by DeltaMan on April 27, 2013 at 8:42am

Good afternoon Dani. It's six thirty in the afternoon here... :)

Here are some pictures of the wing we currently make... There is a female 12 mm carbon tube using VEC technology (weaving pultrusion) in the center Spar and two smaller 4 mm carbon tubes going over and bottom of the wing...
Root on the wing is meant to be shaped as the side of the fuselage is... This is a test wing.

Comment by DeltaMan on April 27, 2013 at 8:47am

Even starting on the Kit version, wings have All spars glued in place from us, and moving surfaces (Flaps & Ailerons) are already Cut. Our flaps & ailerons are part of the airfoil, so we need to have them made here, on our workshop, leaving you with One trouble less... :)

After that, the whole wing is Ironed with fine quality shrinkable film. The 3rd part of the wing (outer panel) is Not glued in place, but we will provide instructions for people to glue it with the appropriate dihedral.

Comment by DeltaMan on April 27, 2013 at 8:54am

Some pictures of the First "acceptable" fuselage Mold we have so far, and the first three fuselages that came out of it... The last photo shows a 4th fuselage too... Fuselages come out of the Mold as One piece right now, meaning that two halves are joined Inside the mold...

Comment by DeltaMan on April 27, 2013 at 8:57am

Oh, by the way... Our Official site is Down since late last night due to some network problems by the National Telephony company.

We are sorry for the inconvenience... :)


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Comment by James on April 27, 2013 at 1:46pm

Back online!! 

Phoreas just before another mission! after passing the whole team 

Comment by Gisela & Joe Noci on May 4, 2013 at 11:19pm

Hi Guys, Nice plane and interesting work you are doing. Out of interest, what is the wing profile you are using? Looks Clark y'ish or maybe Z, but the leading edge seems sharper?

I have been testing a number of wing profiles lately for our aircraft - SurVoyeur - you can see my blogs and also on Utube what we get up to...

Great fun!

Good luck

Joe

The Nampilot.

Namibia

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