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solarstatos - solar powered max altitude 75,000 feet = 22860 meters


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Sep 27, 2016
Bainbridge Island, WA
The plane – SolarStratos

Length 8.5 meters
Wingspan 24.9 meters
Weight 450 kg
Autonomy more than 24 hours
Propulsion propeller, 2.2 m, 4 blades
Engine electrical, max. 32 kW / 2200 rpm
Engine efficiency 90%
Two seater in tandem
Energy solar
Solar cells 22 m2
Cells efficiency 22-24%
Battery lithium-ion, 20 kWh

How about qualified pilots taking passengers on hours long flight?
Organizing a big job, no doubt. [qualifying pilots a big task]
Will people pay for professional pilot? and aircraft rental? Just sell rides ??

I'd fly from this airport
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Oct 13, 2012
Kansas, USA
It sounds like the aircraft was damaged during a ground test on the same day you started this thread.

Technical damage to the SolarStratos aircraft – SolarStratos

However, the wing was damaged and its repair will cause a delay in the team’s operational schedule. ... The test performed this morning consisted of gradually increasing the load on the wings, artificially, in order to simulate an extreme flight situation with two pilots on board the aircraft.
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