(The DRACO-2 is not commercially available and is a technology demonstrator aircraft only.)
The DRACO-2 is a 65% scale model of our full-size Wyvern and is specifically built for the Pacific Drone Challenge project. It is VTOL, so it can takeoff and land almost anywhere and is designed to fly non-stop and un-refueled for 4500 nautical miles (8800 kilometers).
The DRACO-2 is semi-autonomous and has a unique, proprietary sense-and-avoid sensor suite that detects objects that may conflict with the aircraft’s flight path – and can instantly turn right or left, climb or descend – to autonomously avoid anything in its way – even as small as a bird. The DRACO-2 can even fly safely on two rotors – and every essential system on board is redundant to assure mission completion.
The aircraft is controlled by via satellite and monitored by two pilots on the ground who are in constant contact with Air Traffic Control. The aircraft is in constant communication with both the Launch and Recover Element (“LRE” – located at the launch point in Japan) and Mission Control Element (“MCE” – located at the destination landing point of Moffett Field, Mountain View, California, USA).
The DRACO-2 will provide near-real-time video of the first 150 miles of the Pacific Drone Challenge flight. At cruise altitude, it will then switch to high-resolution, low-light, on-board cameras that are updated every 5 seconds and provide a view of the aircraft path and it’s location over land or water.