Air Speeder, a mechanical racing company, has announced the successful test of its first remote-controlled electric aircraft. The electric plane, Alauda Mk3, underwent its first unmanned test flight in South Australia, where it was successfully controlled remotely. The test flights were conducted under the auspices of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
The Alauda Mk3 is an electric multi-rotor aircraft that takes off vertically. The ultimate goal of Air Spyder, a mechanical racing company, and Aluda Aeronautique, which took upon itself the manufacture of the aircraft, was to launch an electric aircraft that would be competitive for medium and long races (as a second stage).
These historic first flights took place at undisclosed test sites in the deserts of South Australia, according to a document published by the company. According to Air Spyder, the plane weighs 130 kilograms and can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.
The aircraft has a removable battery, which can be replaced in less than 20 seconds. The Alauda Mk3 can fly for 10 to 15 minutes on a single battery pack, the company says and is equipped with a radar that helps it prevent collisions.