Completion and Delivery of First Solar Wing for Bye’s StratoAirNet UAV
Bye Aerospace, and SolAero Technologies Corp announce both the completion and delivery of its first solar wing for Bye’s StratoAirNet UAV. SolAero is a leading provider of solar cells and solar panels to satellite and spacecraft OEMs. Bye Aerospace is an innovator of sophisticated aerospace technology.
SolAero is integrating their advanced high-efficiency solar cell technologies on the graphite composite StratoAirNet wing using proprietary methods to maintain the critical laminar flow surface on the wing. The initial wing-solar cell configuration will deliver sufficient power, approximately 2,000 Watts, under ideal daylight conditions at altitude, to achieve sustained flight of the StratoAirNet solar-electric UAV.
“We are very excited about this first milestone delivery as part of our partnership with Bye Aerospace for their family of solar-powered StratoAirNet UAVs,” said Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies. “The combination of our advanced high-efficiency solar-cell technologies and integration expertise with the wide range of capabilities of the StratoAirNet UAV family will help usher in a new era of middle and high altitude commercial and defense atmospheric satellite applications.“
The Bye Aerospace “StratoAirNet” family of “atmospheric satellites” are intended to provide support for commercial and government security requirements. The SolAero and Bye engineering teams have worked collaboratively to accomplish this milestone event. The initial medium-altitude StratoAirNet 15 proof-of-concept prototype is nearing completion and undergoing final assembly.
Final assembly and integration of the wings and power systems integration of the 15-meter wing span solar-powered StratoAirNet are planned to begin in November 2017, with ground and flight tests to follow from their new facility at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport near Loveland and Ft Collins, Colorado.
“The integration of the advanced SolAero solar-cells on the StratoAirNet prototype launches the initial demonstration phase of an entirely new paradigm of highly efficient solar-electric UAVs“, said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace.
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