Raymond's California-based company Solar Flight has released details of its fourth solar-powered aircraft, the Sunstar. The airplane has been designed for unmanned flight, though a human pilot version is also an option, and is reported to have more performance potential than any other projects currently under development, with greater flight speeds in a turbulence-tolerant design.
Last month, Solar Flight revealed that the team was working hard to get its Sunseeker Duo
ready for the first passenger flights this (northern) summer. Today, the company announced that husband and wife team Eric and Irena Raymond have taken to the skies together, making the Duo the first solar-powered airplane to carry two people.
For all the advancements made in solar power technology, developing an airplane that could harvest enough of the sun's energy to not only be flown for extended periods
, but take another person along for the ride has proven a difficult task. The team at Solar Flight recently took on this challenge, unveiling its plans for what would be the world's first two-seater solar aircraft, the Sunseeker Duo
. Today, the company announced that it has spent the last few months testing the plane's flight performance and the results hold some promise for helping achieve its lofty ambitions.
Piloted solar flight has been a reality for some time, with even international flights
now possible. Up to this point, such voyages have been a strictly solo affair, however the team originally responsible for the Sunseeker II
intends to change this by manufacturing what’s billed as the world’s first two-seater solar aircraft – a motor glider named the Sunseeker Duo.
What is it about the single-seater Sunseeker II
that drew a steady stream of visitors to the solar-powered airplane on display at the Green Air Show
in Paris recently? Could it be the bluish flash of solar cells on its huge wings, or the inviting open cockpit, or maybe even the teetering propeller to the rear? Perhaps it's a delightful combination of gorgeous form and emission-free function that turned all those heads. With a two-pilot version coming soon, Gizmag took the opportunity to have a closer look.
May 2, 2007 In a deal that reflects the maturing of the P1 Powerboat World Championship, Sunseeker have secured a deal to use Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines in their 2007 title quest. This agreement is the first of its kind in Powerboat racing and is usually only seen in the Formula One arena, which shows how much the P1 championship is taking off as a sport.
Synonymous with the glamour of the sun-drenched playgrounds of St Tropez and Monte Carlo is the luxury motor yacht - it has long been one of the "must-have" toys for the wealthy patrons of the French Riviera and the market for million dollar plus yachts is growing rapidly in Australia.