NASA Centurion. Specifications. A photo.
NASA Centurion - American experimental drone, developed in 1997, the company «AeroVironment».
Design of unmanned aerial vehicle NASA Centurion model started by American aircraft engineers in the field of aerospace technology experts in the early 90-ies of the last century. The new drone was exclusively scientific purpose and had used the National Aerospace Agency of the United States to study the aerodynamics of flight at high altitudes, and in addition, the device was to prove the possibility of long fly on solar energy. The relatively narrow scope of the UAV does not affect the prospects of model NASA Centurion, because in the future, a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles have been created on its basis.
The first flight tests of an unmanned NASA Centurion air tool models were produced in March 1997 years, however, participated in the testing of large-scale copy of the device. Due to the fact that the tests were successful, after a year of testing and underwent a full-scale version of the UAV, which has proven highly effective and promising device.
With a relatively small length of its fuselage, an unmanned aerial vehicle NASA Centurion has a tremendously large wingspan, in particular, this value is 61,8 meter that greatly reduces aerodynamic svoysvta UAV and minimizes maneuverability.
Powerplant drone NASA Centurion represented 14 electric motors, each of which has a thrust of 2 hp, which allows the device to reach a maximum speed of flight 33 km \ h.
Specifications NASA Centurion.
- Length: 3,6 m .;
- Wingspan: 61,8 m .;
- Height: 2,4 m .;
- Maximum takeoff weight: 860 kg .;
- Cruising flight speed: 27 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight speed: 33 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight distance: 30 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 15000 m .;
- aircraft engine type: Electric;
- Powerplant: unknown;
- Power: 14 x 2 hp
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