The Pacific Drone Challenge™ is an aviation project where the goal is to be the first to fly a large-scale commercial drone across the Pacific Ocean – unmanned and non-stop, to demonstrate the new technology advancements in aviation and innovative solutions for the future.
The historic flight is planned for sometime in 2020 and takeoff from Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture and land at Moffett Field, Mountain View, California.
The project aims to show that large-scale semi-autonomous commercial drones can take off with a heavy payload (> 2000 lbs) and fly long distance – unmanned, un-refueled and non-stop. Just like Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1929 to show that technology had reached the point where trans-oceanic flights with passengers and cargo were possible, the Pacific Drone Challenge.™
The entire flight – from takeoff, climb, cruise and landing should take around 25 hours and will be available live on the Pacific Drone ChallengeTM website.