Here a video of the ThermoPilot v5 in action during a Ridge Soaring flight (HIL test) on the APM Planner with the APM2560. Two turns points have been recorded through the transmitter by the pilot placed on the hill. Then, the glider do a full autonomous flight between these two points with the main objective: keep the altitude above these two points by exploiting the wind gradient and the dynamic upwards.

More infos at:
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/thermopilot-project-a-thermal-hunter-glider-drone

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Comment by Gerard on September 13, 2011 at 11:07am

Wow, first of all it's nice to watch it soaring. And secondly, it's really stable as well.

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