How can you work with us?
We are in the process of seeking funding for our development and flight tests. We are looking for partnerships and collaborators to help us make this a viable business model. If you have an opportunity or would like to know more about our work, get in touch with us.
What is unique about our solar plane?
Our Solar plane is designed to be modular. Our engineering team has designed and developed the aircraft and batteries from scratch. The modular design is also easily scalable for various payload sizes and protocols.
What is unique about WARP?
Our team! Our team members have worked on stratospheric and space-related projects. Our team brings together unique capabilities that make us what we are today.
What are the technical challenges?
Our design challenge is coming up with a lightweight fixed-wing UAV with a relatively high aspect ratio for soaring at stratospheric heights. The aircraft design should also allow for maximum efficiency across all technical aspects including batteries, MPPTs and flight performance. Both photovoltaics (PVs) and battery technology are evolving rapidly and in time to come solar planes will be able to execute complex tasks that drones of today can achieve but, with better flight endurance.
The stratosphere is a new frontier for competition between aviation and technology giants where solar planes could offer advantages over satellites. This includes lower costs, easier manoeuvrability and fast deployment turnaround time. Solar planes will be able to support and complement the current satellites and ground stations acting as relays. Such technology also could support BLOS ( Beyond Line of Sight) missions such as launching rockets. Subsidiaries of Airbus SE, Boeing Co and Softbank Group Corp are developing stratospheric drone which could fly autonomously for months. A research firm NSR said that high-altitude aircraft which includes, drones, balloons and airships could bring in 1.7 billion in revenue over the next decade. There are an estimated 40 programs underway. Singapore is strategically located, we are known to be a regional aerospace hub. Having a stratospheric capability will put us on the map as one of the most capable countries in the upcoming future.
What are our milestones?
- Successfully conducted computer simulations on a designed model
- Successfully built the first demonstrator on the design.
- Successfully tested the solar power system, including MPPT/ PVs
- Forming of new work team ( April 2019)
- First flight test conducted (without solar)
- Development and Testing customised battery for the aircraft in August 2019
- Low-level flight test conducted and data collected. (November 2019)
- Low-Level Flight test conducted on January 2020, successful sustained flight performed. Pending review and modifications.
What does Pseudo Satellite Services Include?
Operation of Stratospheric Vehicle Fleet and Ground Station; Mission-as-a-Service provides users with a dedicated fleet of Solar Vehicles to cost-effectively collect scientifically validated atmospheric observations over extensive areas and extended periods of time.
- On-site operation of the aircraft and support systems.
- Integration of Payload and supply of power.
- Real-time Monitoring and collection of data or live communications relay transmission.
- Analysis and processing of data.
What is WARP’s Mission?
To develop sustainable and profitable unmanned platform solutions and services for various industries.
Why go Solar?
Why not? With the proliferation of electric planes, the use of solar power will generate energy to keep the UAVs in the air for long periods which can go on for days to months. There are no emissions from the aircraft while in flight, so solar-powered aircraft has a minimal impact on the environment.
There are many big companies working on similar projects, what makes you think you can succeed.?
Being a startup, we are able to operate with agility and efficiency Keeping things modular means we use less space and can manufacture replacements easily. We don't need a huge hangar to park several UAVs, this gives us the flexibility to scale. Building things in-house also help reduce costs extensively. We also have the flexibility to be innovative to improve on both technical and business aspects. Including operational processes. Established competitors face vested interests influenced by historic paths and strong team culture which makes them resistant to change. Established companies have high admin overheads, we prefer to keep things simple. We plan to offer our products in a more efficient, cost-effective and competitive manner. We are more likely to be aware of our limitations and focus on our core strengths. This creates an opportunity for more partnerships, collaborations and makes us an ideal acquisition as well.
What kind of data do we plan to collect?
We plan to collect remote sensing and in-situ sensor data for various applications. Our UAV platform will offer better temporal coverage than satellites. (Frequent revisit times) We hope to position ourselves operationally in-between LEO satellites and UAVs. We are looking at multi-spectral imagers, scientific instruments that measure atmospheric data and several types of communication equipment.
Does the aircraft need a runway?
Ideally, we would like to keep it as a hand launchable design as much as possible. This is because the plane requires headwind takeoff. We would like to keep it uni-directional short takeoff. The future versions will be tested with a single suspension wheel that will be part of each fuselage section to allow for runway take-off and landing.