Beihang young research team breaks world record for the endurance of oil-powered fixed-wing drones
The reporter learned from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics that the “Fengru-3-100” unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the school’s youth scientific research team has a new world record for its endurance time, which has recently been officially certified by the Federation of International Aviation (FAI).
According to reports, the drone continues to fly for 80 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds, surpassing the world record of 80 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds created by the “Orion” oil-powered fixed-wing drone developed by the American Aurora Flight Science Company in 2014. It ranks first in the world‘s oil-powered fixed-wing UAV (no difference in weight class) in terms of endurance time.
According to the person in charge of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the record-breaking team is composed of 25 undergraduates from different grades and different majors. The average age is no more than 20 years old, and more than 90% are “post-00s.”
It is understood that the “Fengru-3-100” UAV was developed, designed and manufactured by the “Fengru-3” team of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The whole aircraft is black with a wingspan of about 10 meters. The fuselage is submarine-shaped and made of carbon fiber composite materials. Potential application areas include surveying and mapping, communications, and reconnaissance.