Thursday, July 8, 2010

Icarus Reborn

In this case flying closer to the sun helps!

While a 24hr flight is impressive, don’t expect a solar powered airliner anytime soon. Mind you if Air Canada had one they would still ding you for a “Fuel Surcharge”.
Future solar aircraft will likely be unmanned and used as flying antennas or as high endurance surveillance UAV’s loitering over battlefields and disaster zones. Like Airships though they will be vulnerable to weather.

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