What’s so special about AEROPAK, you ask? The Israelis think it’s the best sort of battery for nimble UAVs in rugged conditions. To prove this, Horizon Energy Systems used the battery on one of their drones (pictured below) and gave it a challenging test flight.
The results weren’t spectacular but proved satisfying, with a minor breakthrough made thanks to the durability of the AEROPAK fuel cell despite constant hard landings and the attendant shock. What makes the AEROPAK ideal for UAVS is it delivers more bang for the proverbial buck, capable of powering a flight on 900 Wh net usable energy.
The AEROPAK test was conducted in Israel using a Skylark I-LE, a rather nimble drone that’s a bestseller among countries that use it for surveillance operations. The marriage of the Skylark and the AEROPAK proved a successful one after the drone endured high winds, a rugged environment, and constant abuse.
Here’s what Horion Energy Systems UAS manager Richard Liow has to say on the recent breakthrough:
“The AEROPAK has passed Elbit Systems tests and is now proven to be a ready drop-in replacement for battery packs currently in use. We are immensely proud of this achievement and believe that the AEROPAK powered Skylark I-LE will be an unparalleled combination.”
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