Tests of unmanned aircraft for the agricultural industry started in TsAGI’s full-scale wind tunnel
19 August 2016
In August, the first-stage testing of the FLYP (FLYing Platform) unmanned aircraft was completed in the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (part of the National Research Center ‘Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky‘) by order of LLC OKB Aviaresheniya.
The aim of the tests was to evaluate the design operation capability as well as survivability and measure aerodynamic performance of the unmanned aircraft and its power unit with a lift-plus-cruise propulsion system. The works were performed in TsAGI’s full-scale wind tunnel at the velocities of up to 20 m/s.
FLYP is a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft equipped with two lifting rotors. It is supposed that the aircraft is used for dousing agricultural fields with chemicals, cargo transportation and search and rescue operations. The developers expect that the FLYP cargo capacity is 50 to 200 kg and cruise speed is 40 to 70 km/h. The unmanned aircraft will have a fixed path control using a satellite navigation system.