The flight took place at the NASC Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Operations and Training Center at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY. The TEROS UAV flew for approximately 1.5 hrs in both manual and autonomous flight profiles successfully testing the aircraft systems/avionics suite.
TEROS is a Group 4/5 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV designed in collaboration with Sonex Aerospace of Oshkosh, WI. Its rugged, aerobatic design and flexible “Plug and Play Payload” capability enables the TEROS to carry multiple payloads up to 600 pounds at high altitudes for extended periods. TEROS was built to FAA Part 23 (structure and systems) and MIL F 83691 (flight characteristics) standards.
The TEROS is undergoing preparation for follow-on envelope expansion flight testing. NASC and Sonex will continue to consider improvements to be integrated into the next production update.