Bye Aerospace StratoAirNet Solar-Electric Aircraft Glides On Pure Sunshine – CleanTechnica

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Published on November 12th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

November 12th, 2017 by  

Bye Aerospace’s StratoAirNet prototype has successfully slapped solar cells on its unmanned aerial glider.

The Bye Aerospace StratoAirNet Prototype

Bye Aerospace installed solar cells on its StratoAirNet to further liberate this unmanned electric aerial vehicle (UAV). Ground tests on both wings proved its flight worthiness at high (up to 35,000 feet) and medium altitudes, as well as on long-endurance solar-electric flights. The solar cells, battery pack, and propulsion system were tested in flight for overall performance, along with using autoflight control optimization.

As with most gliders, light weight is crucial. The StratoAirNet makes use of carbon composite as well as having a very aerodynamically efficient design.

Technically speaking, the StratoAirNet has a payload of up to 70 lb.

By now, savvy pilots will probably question a glider flying at 35,000 ft, let alone a UAV. In order to avoid FAA airspace restrictions, the StratoAirNet 15 prototype, which sports a 15-meter wing, was operated by a pilot. The tests conducted with a real pilot accomplished results at a faster pace than originally planned.

SolAero provided the solar cells, but it’s not just a supplier. According to George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace: “SolAero is a business and engineering partner in every sense of the word.” He further expressed his gratitude and thanks to the SolAero team for their active participation in developing the versatile StratoAirNet UAV and for helping achieve “atmospheric satellite” capability.

The company can now continue to the next stage of assembly and testing.

Bye Aerospace’s Clean Energy & Electric Powertrain Passion

If the name Bye Aerospace sounds familiar, that’s because we already covered the company’s amazing two-seat “Sun Flyer 2” and its new 4-seat “Sun Flyer 4.” Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC)

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