The Solar Powered R/C Airplane
In February 2016 I began a 15-month effort to design and build a solar powered R/C glider. It was an entirely-new design from ground-up. The 10-foot wingspan model incorporates 32 high-efficiency solar cells to power the plane's radio control system and a small electric motor that provides propulsion.
This airplane can fly on a clear day as long as the sun is high in the sky, without burning a drop of fuel or relying on charged batteries.
Mechanical Sketches & Drawings
Lift and Drag:
Carbon Fiber Spar & Joiner:
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