Hybrid Drone Breaks World Endurance Record
A new world record for the longest distance flown by a self-powered multicopter has been set, according to European drone company Quaternium. The manufacturer’s flagship drone – HYBRIX-20 – is reported to have notched up four hours and forty minutes of uninterrupted flight, making it the longest recorded flight carried out by this type of drone.
The HYBRIX-20 is, as its name suggests, a hybrid powered-drone which uses both electricity and gasoline as sources of energy. This type of drone has been developed with a variety of applications in mind, from the monitoring and inspection of crops, through to mapping and surveillance. Drones with this type of configuration are particularly suited to these tasks, although the new record set by the HYBRIX-20 is sure to give it an advantage over the competition. Drone operators in this market tend to look for longer flight time capabilities and higher endurance in order to reduce the need for refueling and recharging, thus placing the HYPRIX-20 right at the top of the league.
While other drones have set a number of records for endurance in recent years – including a cross-channel flight from England to France, and with times recorded over four hours, it is believed that Quaternium HYBRIX-20 is now the current record holder.
Aside from its record-breaking flight time, Quaternium’s drone offers a large degree of versatility to the user. It can be fitted with a good number of different equipment and a variety of sensors. The drone has also been designed for easy set up. Once removed from its sturdy case, it is simply a matter of attaching the removable arms and turning it on.