Here’s a very interesting solar powered plane that’s set for its first test flights in 2018. Destination? The stratosphere. Here are a couple of links which includes a short video, then the website link. I’ll also include the English translation from the site below, enjoy! Video posted to Instagram by Futurism. None of the footage or websites are mine.
SolarStratos is the first two-seater solar airplane in history, it will also be the first solar airplane with pilot to penetrate the stratosphere. Calin Gologan (Elektra-Solar GmbH - Technical Partner of SolarStratos) is the designer. The base of this commercial aircraft will be used and the airplane will be pushed to the limit of its possibilities to succeed our crazy bet. This tandem two-seater, with a wingspan of 24 meters, weighing 450 kilos will fly like any other aircraft. SolarStratos will not be able to fly perpetually. This will not hamper the SolarStratos Mission which will be a high altitude flight.
AN AIR FOR SCIENCE
By exploring the distant space, we want to contribute primarily to the protection of our atmosphere, it requires a better understanding of what is happening there. The Mission SolarStratos will fly at a very low altitude, in a fragile environment, propelled solely by solar energy, without the least emission of pollutant and will give us the possibility to carry out unprecedented measurements, never carried out until today. In the future, the exploration of the stratosphere will allow us perhaps to extend and extend humanity … who knows …