Elektra one Solar OPS | UAS

OPtionally piloted and unmanned Aircraft system with solar cells

Elektra One Solar Optionally Piloted (OPS) is a single-seat electric aircraft with solar cells and redundant autopilot system

Elektra Solar One OPS

In some countries, autonomous flying is difficult due to legal regulations. These limitations have led Elektra Solar GmbH to develop an aircraft platform that allows one to fly with or without the intervention of a pilot. After entering waypoints into the system, the aircraft is able to navigate through the given waypoints and land at a specified airport after the flight.

An OPS system offers several advantages: The autopilot system, can be used during the entire flight, including takeoff and landing. The entire technology of the autopilot system including Flight Management System (FMS) has been developed by Elektra Solar GmbH.

Application

Among other things, the aircraft serves as a platform for customer-specific payloads, like high-resolution images and real-time video or high-resolution 3D-mapping across the country and regions of interest. The platforms serve as flying communication relays and are the premier solution for large area rescue and retrieval missions where the communication infrastructure has been destroyed, by earthquakes for example.

Elektra One Solar Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Elektra Solar One UAS

Elektra Solar GmbH also offers joint platforms in the form of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Among others, these aircrafts are used in photogrammetry and remote sensing. The results are cm-level resolution, accurate images that can be generated.

Elektra Solar UAVs have given remote sensing and 3D-mapping a new appeal for the science. Autonomous and accurate line navigation for complex missions is just one of the essential features of this type of aircraft. After the adaptation to all aviation regulations, our planes are now the preferred platform for remote sensing instruments. The UAV platforms are proven, certified, high-performance aircraft.

Application

The UAV aircrafts can perform missions that require extreme endurance and thus do not endanger the life of a pilot. Aside from earth observation services, Geodesy and border controls are also possible. Additionally, the almost noiseless nature of these aircraft plays an essential role in these services.

Elektra Solar UAVs are also used as a testbed for new instruments or integration of instruments. This is of significant importance as it allows research groups that specialize in instrument design to test prototypes on a regular basis. Many applications will benefit from the use of Elektra Solar UAVs. They will benefit mostly from the cost of the mission, its rapid response or the fact that observations can be carried out in an environment which would be harmful or dangerous to a pilot.

DEscription

Solar cells on the wings give the single-seater plane the energy to fly. The Elektra One Solar OPS and UAVs, with a new wing profile and lower air resistance and larger wingspan, is a further development of our electric aircrafts Elektra One Solar UAV. The whole structure is made of carbon, which reduces the power requirements of the aircraft.

With 6 m2 solar cells on the upper side of the wing and while manned, a flight duration of 7 hours can be achieved depending on wind conditions. Additionally, a range of approximately 500km can be reached. The solar cells deliver 1,5kW of power, while the latest generation of lithium-ion batteries provide the remaining energy.

Technical specs

Elektra one Solar

Available as “Unmanned Aircraft System”(UAS version) or “Optionally Piloted System” (OPS version). Among other things, the aircraft serves as a platform for customer-specific payloads.

SPECS
OPS
(Optionally piloted system)
UAS
(Unmanned Aircraft System)
Seats
1
-
Electric Motor
32 kW (continous power), double redundant system
32 kW (continous power), double redundant system
Propeller speed for cruise
1.400 rpm
1.400 rpm
Wingspan
13 m
13 m
Wing surface
10 m²
10 m²
Maximum weight
320 kg
320 kg
Empty weight (w/o battery)
140 kg
120 kg
Battery weight
60 kg - 90 kg (120 kg w/o pilot)
100 kg
Maximum payload
100 kg
100 kg
Maximum flight duration*
7 hours (with pilot)
10 hours
Range
600 km (with pilot)
1.000 km
Cruising speed
89 km/h
89 km/h
Power needed for horizontal flight
3.5 kW
3.5 kW
Max. power provided by solar cells
1.5 kW
1.5 kW
Maximum altitude
8000 m (w/o pilot)
10000 m
Wing aspect ratio
16.9
16.9
Max. glide ratio
> 1:30
> 1:30
Certification
LFT-UL Germany
according to country-specific regulations
*Depending on sun conditions

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