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Solar-Powered Aircraft Developments Solar One

The Solar One, made its public debut June 1979. 750 solar cells charge 24 accumulator cells to drive four electric motors linked together for a combined 4 hp. The aircraft, which looks like a conventional glider but with a pylon mounted power unit located on the nose immediately forward of the pilot, takes off at 20kts and has reached a maximum of 42kts.

 

 


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