To The Edge Of Space With Solar Energy? Meet Solar Stratos (w/video)
Raphaël Domjan, an eco-adventurer, announced this Spring a new solar adventure to reach end of the
World Sky – the SolarStratos Mission.
“On board the first two-seater solar plane, he will ascend to more than 80’000 feet. This solar adventure planned as from 2017, will have the aim of opening a door on a commercial touristic activity at the edge of space. This ambitious mission is a first, permitting once again a demonstration of the potential of renewable energy.”
Solar Stratos, based on PC-Aero solar plane, has yet to be developed. For now, the team presented only a small model.
4 hours of constant climb is needed to reach 80,000 feet (or 24,000 meters). However, we are curious how will this plane cope with the sparse air at such an altitude.
The aeroplane in a few figures
Lenght 7.7 meters Wingspan 20 meters Weight 350 kilos Autonomy more than 24 hours Propulsion Propeller (1.6 m, 3 blades) Engine electrical engine (13,5 kW) Two-seater in tandem Energy solar Solar cells 20 m2 (24% efficiency) Batteries up to 80 kg Li-ion (20 kWh)