Electric US-1 crosses Black Rock Desert on a single battery charge

Impossible Aerospace announced that its US-1 "flying battery" quadcopter crossed the northern Nevada desert without recharging in repeated 72-minute flights.

The Impossible Aerospace US-1 demonstrated its battery's range in an all-electric crossing of the Black Rock Desert earlier this month.
The Impossible Aerospace US-1 demonstrated its battery's range in an all-electric crossing of the Black Rock Desert earlier this month.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., - Impossible Aerospace announced that its US-1 "flying battery" quadcopter crossed the northern Nevada desert without recharging in repeated 72-minute flights across the playa on August 6, 2019.

This flight marked another public demonstration for the US-1, first unveiled at Interdrone 2018. The aircraft used for the flight was an unmodified production US-1, carrying with it both a FLIR Duo Pro R camera and HD video transmitter. With and against the prevailing winds, the US-1 flew distances of 29 and 21 miles respectively.

While many electric aircraft have flown similar distances, the US-1 differs in that it uses propellers instead of wings to fight gravity, which requires more energy per mile but allows the aircraft to hover in place.

According to the company, the flight was planned to avoid operations over people and protected wilderness areas. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR 107.25, with the pilot operating as a passenger of a moving vehicle over a sparsely populated area maintaining visual line of sight to the aircraft.

For more information, please visit https://impossible.aero.

The US-1 crossed the Black Rock Desert using a mission profile that avoided restricted wilderness areas and preparations for the annual Burning Man celebration.The US-1 crossed the Black Rock Desert using a mission profile that avoided restricted wilderness areas and preparations for the annual Burning Man celebration.


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