Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



UAV NEWS
Historic Solar Impulse team planning drone
by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) Oct 10, 2016


Circling the globe in an aircraft that used no fuel would be enough for some to rest on their laurels, but the pilots of Solar Impulse 2 on Monday spoke of their new project.

"An unmanned version of Solar Impulse," aviator and engineer Andre Borschberg told reporters when asked what groundbreaking mission the Swiss-based team was tackling next.

Borschberg and his partner Bertrand Piccard took turns captaining the solar powered plane on a record-shattering 43,000-kilometre (26,700-mile) journey across four continents, two oceans and three seas -- without using a single drop of fuel.

That trip, completed in July, aimed to promote clean technologies through a spectacular physical feat that captured public attention the world over, Piccard said at a press conference in Geneva.

Having showcased clean technologies, the Solar Impulse project now wants to provide a practical application for them, Piccard added.

The Swiss aviators said an unmanned version of their plane could hover at altitudes relatively low compared to other pilotless craft such as satellites -- roughly 20 kilometres (12 miles) -- for months, possibly bouncing wifi signals to poorly serviced areas or collecting rare agricultural data.

The Solar Impulse drone would do work "hardly done by other types of aircraft," said Borschberg, who is Solar Impulse's lead engineer.

"We are evaluating the benefits" of pressing ahead with an unmanned aircraft.

Piccard, an explorer who came up with the idea for the round-the-world flight, said that aside from working on a new aircraft, the Solar Impulse project would try to raise awareness about clean energies and their superiority to polluting fossil fuels.

He said he plans to spearhead a clean technologies alliance that will demonstrate environmentally friendly energy solutions that are both effective and profitable for investors.

The pair overcame extraordinary obstacles in piloting the single-seater Solar Impulse 2.

Borschberg smashed the record for the longest uninterrupted solo journey in aviation history between Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii -- nearly 118 hours and 8,924 kilometres.

Solar Impulse 2 circumnavigated the globe in 17 stages, with the final leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
UAV News - Suppliers and Technology






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
UAV NEWS
Thales ready for Royal Navy test of its unmanned systems
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 10, 2016
Thales has announced it will be playing a major role in a large Royal Navy demonstration this month to determine the feasability of using unmanned systems in a maritime environment. Unmanned Warrior, the largest demonstration of its kind in the UK, will bring together Thales and around 40 participants from the Ministry of Defence, industry and academia to assess unmanned systems in a realistic m ... read more


UAV NEWS
China, Russia blast US missile defence at regional forum

Raytheon to update the Netherlands' Patriot missile system

Lockheed's PAC-3 missile destroys ballistic missile targets in test

Saab gets order for man-portable air defense missile system

UAV NEWS
New targeting system to double range of Russia's Pantsir: Report

State Dept. approves missile warning system sale to Egypt

Raytheon successfully tests newest AMRAAM variant

Russia sends S-300 missile system to Syria port

UAV NEWS
Historic Solar Impulse team planning drone

45 nations sign declaration on export, use of armed and strike-enabled drones

Thales ready for Royal Navy test of its unmanned systems

Drone safety: User-centric control software improves pilot performance and safety

UAV NEWS
Canada defence dept selects Newtec for first DVB-S2X Airborne Modem

TeleCommunications Systems continues USMC satellite services

SES unveils new tactical surveillance and communications solution

Newest DARPA Challenge: 'Shift Paradigm' With Robot Radio

UAV NEWS
GenDyn unit to support U.S. Special Operations

Oshkosh gets $42 million JLTV delivery order

Elbit to provide Bradley Fighting Vehicle's gunner hand station

LTM gets $35 million military engineering support contract

UAV NEWS
Egypt military seen as expanding economic share

Moscow says Syria campaign shows 'reliability' of Russian arms

Poland drops talks in 3 bn euro Airbus chopper deal: ministry

Three missing after S. Korea helicopter crashes at sea

UAV NEWS
Gorbachev says world at 'dangerous' point as US-Russia tensions soar

Tributes for Thai king as concern swirls over nation's future

Cambodia embraces China's President Xi on state visit

China vows better veterans treatment after rare protest

UAV NEWS
Nanotechnology for energy materials: Electrodes like leaf veins

Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

A 'nano-golf course' to assemble precisely nanoparticules

NIST-made 'sun and rain' used to study nanoparticle release from polymers




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement