May 22 2009
- Fly the Tempest autonomously and tune gains as necessary.
Total Number of Flights: 1
Total Flight Time: 16.74 mins, 7.7 min autonomously
After late nights and lots of work, today was the first autonomous flight for the Tempest. Tracking performance was poor, but overall flight stability was very good. Late in the flight we lost throttle and deadstick landed successfully. Later evaluation showed that the ESC was overheating and needed more cooling.
Static tests on a stand gave the following heating for two types of ESC's at 50% throttle: