Primoco UAV, a leading global manufacturer of unmanned aircraft, recently demonstrated the successful completion of a 15 hour and three-minute continuous unmanned flight. Utilizing Sagetech Avionics' transponders integrated with UAV Navigation's Vector autopilot, the Primoco Model One 150 shattered the previous company record of 12 hours, eight minutes.
The ADS-B out feature of Sagetech Avionics' XPS transponder allowed for the aircraft to be seen by Air Traffic Control as well as other aircraft in the area, providing an essential safety aspect for unmanned systems interacting with manned aviation. The unmanned aircraft flew 1,650 kilometers at an average fuel consumption of 2.2 liters per hour of flight.
The flight was tracked online using a commercial website displaying real-time flight path data from the aircraft's ADS-B transmissions.