In order to make the record flight, Ohio State engineers had to solve technical challenges such as fuel limits for the 17-minute flight, radio range for maintaining positive vehicle control, and collision avoidance.
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The 70-pound autonomous jet aircraft opens up new capabilities for applications such as rapid package delivery or search-and-rescue, where both high speed and long range are mission critical, according to OSU.
“Setting a world speed record is a fantastic way to push technology forward,” engineering professor Jim Gregory said following the flight. “Aviation records have a rich legacy going all the way back to the Wright brothers, and we’re building on that tradition.”