Gallery: Solarcopter: World’s First Solar-Powered Helicopter Takes Off ...


The world’s first solar-powered helicopter just took off on its first test flight! Called SolarCopter, the model-sized aircraft was developed by a team of students at Queen Mary College in the UK. It’s propelled into the air using energy harnessed from the sun, instead of a fuel engine. The remote-controlled helicopter may be small, but the technology behind it serves as inspiration for larger-scale projects down the line.

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  1. ricky h November 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Because it can only fly for short periods, it seems to me that swapping out the solar panels for bigger batteries would improve flight time. These solar panels only top up the existing batteries.

    It’s likely that in the future solar will be efficient to keep a craft like this airborne while there is sun, till then let’s not kid ourselves.

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