Bye Aerospace has successfully completed its first flight of solar electric prototype. This electric technology demonstrator is from Bye Aerospace’s Solesa and StratoAirNet families that are medium altitude aircraft systems.
The first and subsequent piloted prototype flight tests were conducted at Northern Colorado Regional Airport, north of Loveland.
Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, George E. Bye, explained how the first flight was a significant milestone of the industry and it was a great day for solar electric aviation. He was very thankful to his entire team and professionals from Northern Colorado Regional Airport for the persistence, cooperation, and extra efforts that resulted in making these flights possible and achieving the milestone.
The aircraft systems family StratoAirNet and Solesa will voluntarily provide support for long endurance government and commercial security necessities such as surveillance missions, rescue, search, precision agriculture, mapping, utility, observation, and patrol.
The Solesa aircraft system will be performing survey missions and similar patrolling for lesser flight durations. It provides with R and D test platforms to new customer payloads.
The StratoAirNet is developed to endure longer UAV and will be following the necessary steps so as to qualify this capability.
Both Solesa and StratoAirNet offers distinctive advantages over the traditional system. This includes enhanced utility, cheaper operation costs, lower noise and heat signatures, and reduced unit cost.
Bye Aerospace will be collaborating with SolAero to incorporate high efficiency advanced solar cell technologies on the developed graphite composite wing. Bye Aerospace successfully completed its first flight Sun Flyer 2 aircraft during April.
This Sun Flyer aircraft family intent to be the first FAA certified, practical, U.S. sponsored, electric airplanes to aid general aviation and flight training market.