On May 27, 2006, Australian Ray Cooper yet again set a new world distance record for Electric Powered, Fixed Wing Model Aircraft
Preparation for this attempt began many months before, a new model was constructed with room to carry more batteries and also setup for the sensors and telemetry link. (Sensors included motor current, voltage both motor and rx/servo, motor temperature and altitude with vario function) The sensor board and telemetry link was the result of work carried out by Monash University's Dept of Elec. & Comp. Sys. Eng. UAV Group. (The Group had supported me for my last two World Records). The information coming from telemetry was invaluable and takes a lot of the guess work out of the flight.
Another improvement was to mount the RF module for RC transmitter on the roof of the car and have an umbilical cord leading into the car for the transmitter. This arrangement was much more desirable and making the trip more comfortable, rather than having the RC transmitter antenna poking out through the side window. Also on the roof was the receiver antenna for the telemetry link. The ground station display was mounted on the dash board for convenient viewing.
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Last updated on September 12, 2006
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