NTSB Report Cites Wing Injury in Crash of Google Photo voltaic-Powered Drone
A prototype for an Web-beaming, photo voltaic-powered drone created by Google crashed throughout testing final Might, and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board has simply issued a abstract of its investigation into the incident (PDF).
The Titan Solara drone, apparently, started its journey in good situation, however the pilot (working it remotely) observed latency within the devices as quickly as he took management. He tried to deliver the craft to an altitude and velocity the place the second distant pilot might take over and land the aircraft safely.
Sadly, the report stated, "the plane then encountered vital thermal air mass exercise and commenced to each climb and exceed its design airspeed…Seen deformation of the wing construction was witnessed by floor personnel in the course of the overspeed situation."
Extremely-light-weight craft like this one, with the wingspan of a business jet however weighing not more than a automotive, aren’t meant for top speeds and sudden modifications in circumstances. So it is disturbing however maybe not shocking that through the uncontrolled descent that adopted the lack of management, each wings separated from the fuselage and the remainder of the aircraft hit the bottom "in a nostril down angle."
The drone was destroyed, however fortunately the check flight was (little question intentionally) in an unpopulated desert space and nobody was harm. It was a setback for the challenge, certainly one of a number of (together with an effort from Fb) aiming to make use of photo voltaic-powered planes to offer Web to distant areas — however such failures are to be anticipated in experimental plane.