Wednesday November 8, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- Bye Aerospace announced SolAero solar cells were successfully installed and ground tested on both wings of the initial prototype for the advanced, medium-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called “StratoAirNet” being developed by the company.
The StratoAirNet is a light-weight, carbon composite construction, aerodynamically efficient aircraft, the company said.
The solar-electric UAV has a payload of up to 70 lbs. that provides substantial customer capability with multiple sensors at altitudes of up to 35,000 feet.
The initial StratoAirNet 15 prototype (with a 15-meter wing) prototype will be optionally-piloted to provide for rapid qualification of customer payloads without FAA airspace restrictions that typically slow UAV and payload development and deployment, Bye said.
George Bye, Bye Aerospace CEO, thanked Albuquerque-based SolAero for their participation in developing the versatile StratoAirNet UAV, ultimately targeted to achieve “atmospheric satellite” capability.
“SolAero is a business and engineering partner in every sense of the word,” Bye said. “With the completion of ground tests for the solar cells on the wings, we can advance to the next stage of assembly and testing.”
Founded in 2007, Bye Aerospace designs and builds advanced electric aircraft products for general aviation, aerospace and defense and “atmospheric satellite” markets.
Bye Aerospace said it is also developing a family of electric aircraft, called “Sun Flyer 2” and “Sun Flyer 4,” with two and four seats, respectively. Sun Flyer is primarily targeted to the flight training market.
A prototype for Sun Flyer 2 is in final ground test stage and preparing for first flight, the company said.