Astro Aerospace’s Elroy successfully passed the flight tests in Toronto
Astro Aerospace, the developer of electric aerial vehicles eVTOL (vertical take-off and landing), announced that it successfully carried out flight tests of its "Elroy" project north of Toronto (Canada) at the end of last month.
The news was released shortly after the government agency Transport Canada granted the company a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), which authorizes it for commercial flights of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and that allowed Elroy perform those tests.
Astro CEO Bruce Bent said: "Seeing Elroy fly so smoothly and efficiently validates all our efforts and confirms us as leaders in the eVTOL space."
The tests culminated with a flight of 4 minutes and 30 seconds, reaching heights of more than 60 feet and speeds of more than 50 km / h. The flight control and avionics systems were put to the test with a multitude of maneuvers and the vehicle remained exceptionally stable, even under the effects of a couple of unexpected wind gusts.
Elroy is a short-haul aerial vehicle eVTOL (electric takeoff and landing) of Astro that has the ability to travel up to 70 km / h for 25 minutes completely without emissions. It is ideal for urban travel and allows a trip of 2 hours in 20 minutes.
The industry-leading touch screen control system, flight control algorithm and avionics software are just some of the key components that are attributed to Elroy's success.