Solar energy, no doubt, sooner or later will be widely distributed. However, if small vehicles we have already started to get used to, the sun aircraft still perceived as a novelty. And recently, one of such aircraft from the company Bye Aerospace made the first successful flight. In addition, became known some details about the future developments of the company.
The plane is called StratoAirNet family Solesa, and testing took place in the vicinity of the regional airport of Northern Colorado (Northern Colorado Regional Airport). After the first manned flight, the plane made several more flights from the airport. The first flight lasted about an hour, and the rest were made to practice landing and taking off and to follow the behavior of the devices.
StratoAirNet has a wingspan of 15 meters, and vysokoeffektivnaya solar cells from the company SolAero mounted on the wings, allow him is in the air indefinitely. The first test flight was manned, but the company plans to make the aircraft unmanned, or, as said by the developers, “atmospheric satellite”. It will be used for reconnaissance, Internet distribution, search-and-rescue missions, mapping, and so on.
In addition, it became known that Bye Aerospace is developing solar aircraft Sun Flyer 2 (recall that the Sun Flyer, the first version in April this year, successfully completed a series of tests). Sun Flyer 2 will be developed jointly with Siemens and will be designed to carry two passengers.