First Crossing of the Alps by Solar Powered Airplane
The first crossing of the Alps by a solar-powered airplane. (Takeoff is at 0:45 sec)
Sunseeker II has logged more time in the air than all other manned solar airplanes combined.
Its solar cells are integrated into the structure of the wing. 48 Lithium Polymer battery cells power the 5kW electric motor during take-off and when gaining altitude.
Once at cruising altitude, the pilot can continue to run on battery power, switch to solar only or simply fly it as a glider (sailplane).
Specs: Wingspan: 55 foot (17 m) - Weight: 64 pounds (120 kg) - Maximum Speed: 100 mph (160km/h) - Cruising Speed 40mph (65 km/h) -
Instrumentation: Airspeed - GPS - Compass - Horizon - Battery/Solar Cell Management
More at: www.solar-flight.com
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