I promised yesterday to post some pictures on what we’re working on right now: a sub-space flight to the Stratosphere, with a fully autonomous drone.
Please say hello to #Bitnation Space Agency’s Phaeton 4.
It’s a delta-wing, with a wingspan of 2.2 meters, powered by 8 brushless motors as engines and two rocket-boosters. (Not in the pictures.)
It will use its propeller engines until it flies to an altitude of 18 000 meters. That’s roughly 7000 meters higher than commercial airliners cruising altitude.
It will then use its rocket-engines to fly all the way up to the Stratosphere, at an altitude of (calculated) 35-40 km.
It’s controlled by an A.I, and the flight-computer is a powerful Intel Atom based motherboard/CPU. (The black thing connected to the small keyboard - although it will be stripped off the LCD, and every part that’s not essential.)
The flight-computer controls the other components through USB, but there’s ...