|20 December 2016|
A solar-powered aeroplane – which will be the first ever to penetrate the stratosphere – was unveiled in Switzerland this month.
The SolarStratos team has developed what will be the world’s first manned solar-powered aeroplane to penetrate the stratosphere. It will demonstrate what can be achieved using clean energy and is the brainchild of clean tech pioneer, Raphael Domjan.
At the Swiss unveiling, Raphael, creator of PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered boat to do a circumnavigation in 2012 and the initiator and pilot of the SolarStratos project, said: “This is a great day for the SolarStratos team. Our goal is to demonstrate that current technology offers us the possibility to achieve above and beyond what fossil fuels offer. Electric and solar vehicles are amongst the major challenges of the 21st century. Our aircraft can fly at an altitude of 25,000 metres and this opens the door to the possibility of electric and solar commercial aviation, close to space.”
Roland Loos, CEO of SolarXplorers S.A., the organisation in charge of the development and future applications of this endeavour, added: “We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback and encouragement that we have received. Our project brings hope and makes both children and adults dream. It also opens the door to new scientific knowledge – at an affordable price, exploration and the peaceful use of our stratosphere.”