On October 18th Vanilla Aircraft VA001 took off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and embarked on a historic long endurance test flight that landed safely more than 5-days later. Drone & Sundry, an online publication on all things related to the drone industry, published this video report.
About the Aircraft
Rear Admiral Tim Heely (CEO), has had over forty years aviation experience in the Navy which he brings to his leadership of the Vanilla Unmanned team. Powered by an efficient heavy-fuel engine, the VA001 completed its first flight in February 2015, flying autonomously in the national airspace. In operation, the VA001's unmatched range and 10-day endurance will greatly reduce the operating cost and manpower burden to provide persistent aerial coverage, and will enable new missions previously beyond the capabilities of mid-size UAS.