In this episode, Alauda Aeronautics and Airspeeder Founder and CEO Matt Pearson looks back on the successes of 2021 and early 2022: from our partnerships with IWC and Telstra, to our EXA Series Drag Race and recruitment of our first pilots. Matt also reviews progress on the Alauda Mk3 flight program and how it has rapidly advanced towards the first remotely-flown flying car / eVTOL races in Airspeeder’s 2022 EXA Series international Grand Prix.
In the engineering team, vital preparations continue to ensure our Speeders are ready for race day. Alauda Aeronautics Embedded Software Engineer Florian Breut, as he runs through the steps to validate the new control layouts: through simulation, smaller drones and then in full-scale integration with the Mk3C in flight and race testing environments. Florian is integrating HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) control systems into the Alauda Mk3C with support from Telstra Purple and Amazon Web Services. Newly appointed First Draft pilot Zephatali Walsh dives into the importance of simulation as an engineering testbed for validation. His work with Florian is designed to develop and integrate the new controls as well as to improve his own flying skills and familiarity with HOTAS. After all, these are the very systems he will use to race in the EXA and Airspeeder Series over 2022 and beyond.
Alauda Aeronautics Embedded Software Engineer Andrei Pavlov also discusses how the team has improved the accuracy of these systems down to a centimetre through the use of fixed ground stations. We dive into the process of localizing Speeders and verifying navigation systems by flying Speeders on predefined flight paths in testing. Ultimately, the system ensures the safety of pilots with a Home Return function to be triggered in the event of loss of control which will return the Speeder to home position safely. GPS data is combined with sensor data and onboard cameras on Mk3 eVTOL race Speeders to enable every racing pilot to have this relative positional data displayed in their HUD. This great progress on collision avoidance is a boost ahead of the first of three international races in the EXA Series across 2022.
Airspeeder is the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars.
Our mission will accelerate eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) advanced aviation technology through intense sporting competition. This mobility revolution, underpinned by future tech will transform urban air mobility (UAM), global logistics and even medical applications with a clean-air electric vehicle (EV) solution.
Our racing multicopters are developed at our advanced aerospace engineering hub in Adelaide, South Australia by engineers drawn from elite motorsports, automotive, aviation and even FPV drone, electric plane, electric vehicles and passenger drone backgrounds.
Airspeeder’s vision will deliver the most exciting and future focused motorsport on the planet. Following an inaugural unmanned season, elite pilots will take to the skies to race prop-to-prop while navigating electronically governed racetracks in the skies above some of the most visually arresting scenery in the world. These manned multirotor electric vehicles will define a new era in advanced air mobility (AAM).
Airspeeder’s first unmanned air race is scheduled for 2021 and will feature a full grid of multirotor unmanned Airspeeder Mk3 racing craft. The best pilots from drone racing will utilise latest RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems) in aerial battles across the globe.
Our innovations will hasten the arrival of new advanced air mobility (AAM) technologies. Close but safe air racing is assured through latest LiDAR and radar technologies that create virtual forcefields around the sport’s cutting edge quadcopter format flying cars. Rapid hair-pin turning manoeuvrability is delivered using a multicopter layout. This pioneering approach to aircraft design also enhances stability while electronic speed control (ESC) systems empower pilots to exploit the full potential of our advanced electric powertrains.
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