Gallery: Solar Powered Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

 

Homer‘s beloved character, Odysseus, may have garnered international acclaim by traversing the globe in a ship, but we think the famed traveler’s latest namesake represents a much hotter way to roam. Aurora Flight Sciences has unveiled a solar-powered concept plane, the Odysseus. The autonomous surveillance craft boasts the ability to fly above the earth for up to five years straight, deriving power solely from its solar panels.

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  1. Charling February 21, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I am interested in solar powered helicopter. Would appreciate the relevant information and articles you could send to me.

    Thank you,
    Charles

  2. sama3033 September 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Why not use this for something constructive? Do we really need a more advanced predator drone to spy on us or fling rockets hither and yon? Why not use it to tow carbon scrubbers through the atmosphere for five years? A fleet of them might do the planet some good

  3. Myint Aung August 29, 2009 at 2:23 am

    most better for the human bing craft in the world

  4. DocWu August 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I can see this being useful as an alternative to communications satellites. Low speed wouldn’t be a disadvantage. The idea is to stay aloft for long periods of time, not cover distances. Speed takes more energy.

  5. Ben H August 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    But to be useful in military applications, you’d have to already control the airspace.
    And build it with larger surfaces to get the lift you’d need to support the equipment.
    140 miles an hour might sound speedy to us mere land dwellers, but for an aircraft, its down right sluggish.
    It’d be like a big pelican, lazily hovering above.

  6. slinkyzomo August 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Wow, that is one cool looking craft!

    Jess
    http://www.web-tools.us.tc

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