HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our automatic aircraft is tethered to a generator on the ground. It moves in a regular cross wind pattern at an altitude from 200 m up to 450 m. When the aircraft moves, it pulls the tether which drives the generator. Once the tether is reeled out to a predefined tether length of about 750 m, the aircraft automatically returns towards a lower altitude causing the tether to reel in. Then it ascends and repeats the process.
The aircraft lands and takes off automatically from a platform, by utilizing an array of sensors which provide the autopilot with critical information to perform the task safely.
Ampyx Power has specific in-house aircraft knowledge and expertise in constructing automatic aircraft. For instance, in terms of the algorithms the automatic pilot is equipped with. Many code lines in the software ensure that the aircraft can fly completely automatically while responding to changes indicated by numerous sensors. Adjustments can be made within milliseconds, allowing the aircraft to continuously fly in its pattern.