American startup Skydweller Aero in the third quarter of 2021 will complete the rewrite of a solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 in the pseudo. As reports Jane’s, at the end of next year, the drone will perform a series of demonstration flights to be conducted in Spain and abroad.
The plane Solar Impulse 2 was developed in the mid 2010’s. Its length is of 22.4 meters and a wingspan 71,9 meters. The aircraft is equipped with 17.2 thousand solar panels covering the upper surface of the wing, fuselage and horizontal tail. These batteries feed four electric motors with a capacity of 13 kilowatts each and are charging four battery assemblies with a capacity of 41 kilowatt-hours each.
Solar Impulse 2 can fly at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour in the afternoon and 90 kilometers per hour at night, and the maximum height of its flight is up to 12 thousand meters. In 2015-2016, Solar Impulse 2 made a round the world flight. The length of the route amounted to about 40 thousand kilometers. The flight, consisting of 17 segments, took a little more than a year.
Modification of Solar Impulse 2 in the pseudo began in late 2019, in Spain. The device will be used for intelligence, surveillance and relay signals. Maximum take-off weight of the aircraft will be 2.5 tons. The pseudo will be able to fly at speeds of up to 185 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 14 thousand feet. The unit will be able to carry a payload weighing up to 400 pounds.
After a successful demonstration tests Skydweller Aero is planning to expand the mass production of pseudo-satellites on the basis of Solar Impulse 2. These devices will be certified by the European aviation safety Agency and will be allowed to fly in General airspace.
The pseudo called unmanned aircraft able to stay in the air for a long time. Usually the flight duration of such vehicles is calculated by months, although none of the pseudo-satellites being developed today, such a long flight is not made.
In February 2020, the pseudo PHASA-35 (Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft, long-term high-altitude solar aircraft), developed by the British company BAE Systems, made its first flight. The pseudo PHASA-35 can stay in the air for up to a year. The device is made of lightweight composite materials. The scope of his wing is 35 meters.