Flying at 14,110 Feet

March 11, 2016

The team from Swift Radioplanes has successfully completed a high altitude test flight from 14,110 ft (4,300 m) with the Lynx M UAS. The aircraft was hand launched from the summit and carried a one pound payload. The test was conducted in part to demonstrate the feasibility of using Lynx to survey high altitude volcanoes.
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Lynx’s propulsion setup was able to maintain a steep climb even at such an altitude.

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A small patch of snow was selected for the landing spot. Lynx utilizes a deep stall landing method that requires little space due to its steep approach.

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The landing profile from approximately 100 feet. Deep stall approaches are very steep compared to belly landings. Depending on the wind strength, the landing can be vertical and even go backwards!

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Flight Conditions

  • Elevation: 14,110 ft MSL (4,300 m)
  • Wind: 5 m/s
  • Temperature: 35 F