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The first flight of a solar plane

Published by Kinga Stawiarz

On Wednesday, July 10 at the Polish Aviation Museum a presentation of an unmanned solar aircraft took place. The Malopolska Region was represented by Deputy Marshal Tomasz Urynowicz.

The project of an innovative, unmanned solar-powered aircraft was created by members of the AGH Solar Plane scientific circle from the AGH University of Science and Technology. Photovoltaic panels were mounted on the wings of the machine. The energy produced is stored in batteries enabling flight at night. The aircraft weighs about 5 kg, and the wingspan is 6 m.

The culmination of the project will be a machine flight along the eastern border of Poland as well as an entry in the international solar competition “TÜBİTAK International Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition” in Istanbul, Turkey.

The meeting began with the greeting of guests and project presentations. After the official part, an acrobatic model was presented. The event ended with a demonstrative solar flight.