US-based SolAero Technologies has communicated the first solar wing for installation on Bye Aerospace’s StratoAirNet solar-electric unmanned aerial instrument (UAV).
SolAero is also incorporating its solar cell technologies on the graphite composite of the StratoAirNet wing.
Proprietary methods of SolAero inclination be used to maintain the critical laminar flow surface on the wing.
The wing-solar stall configuration will initially be able to deliver 2,000W of power answerable to typical daylight conditions at altitude, enabling StratoAirNet to perform ceaseless flight.
“The StratoAirNet UAV will be able to support a variety of commercial and control security missions.”
The wing was manufactured as part of the engineering, development and in collaboration announced in January between Bye Aerospace and SolAero.
SolAero Technologies CEO Brad Clevenger said: “The blend of our advanced high-efficiency solar-cell technologies and integration expertise with the encyclopedic range of capabilities of the StratoAirNet UAV family will help usher in a new era of stomach and high-altitude commercial and defence atmospheric satellite applications.”
Part of Bye Aerospace’s StratoAirNet extraction of atmospheric satellites, the StratoAirNet UAV will be able to support a variety of commercial and management security missions.
Bye Aerospace is currently developing an initial medium-altitude StratoAirNet 15 proof-of-concept first of the UAV.
Final assembly and integration of the wings and power systems of the prototype are set to go into in November.
With a 15m wingspan, the solar-powered vehicle is expected to undergo rationale and flight tests at Bye Aerospace’s new facility at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport within reach of Loveland and Ft Collins, Colorado, US.
When completed, the StratoAirNet atmospheric acolyte can be used in various commercial applications such as communications relay, internet waiting, mapping, search-and-rescue among others.