The plane on solar energy made its first flight
Solar energy, no doubt, sooner or later, will be widely distributed. However, if a small vehicle, we have already started to get used to the solar aircraft is still perceived as a gimmick. And recently one of these aircraft by Bye Aerospace the company made its first successful flight. Besides it became known, and some details about the company's future development.
The plane bears the name of the family StratoAirNet Solesa, and tests took place in the vicinity of the regional airport of Northern Colorado (Northern Colorado Regional Airport). After the first manned flight, the aircraft made several flights from the airport. The first flight lasted about an hour, and the rest were committed to work landing and take-off and follow the behavior of the instrument.
StratoAirNet has a wingspan of 15 meters and is powered by solar cells vyskoeffektivnye SolAero, mounted on the wings, let it is in the air indefinitely. The first test flight was manned, but the company plans to make the unmanned aircraft, or, as the developers themselves, "weather satellite". It will be used for exploration, distribution of Internet search and rescue missions, mapping and so on.
In addition, it became known that Bye Aerospace is developing a solar plane Sun Flyer 2 (recall that the first version of Sun Flyer has successfully completed a series of tests in April this year). Sun Flyer 2 will be developed jointly with Siemens and will be designed to carry two passengers.