Toronto start-up designs solar-powered hybrid aircraft

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Toronto start-up designs solar-powered hybrid aircraft

Tyler Hamilton of The Toronto Star writes about Solar Ship
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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 2:37pm

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Mining companies operating in the most remote areas of Canada may want to take notice. Ditto for humanitarian groups looking for better ways to get life-saving medical supplies to hard-to-reach, disaster-stricken regions.
 
A Toronto company called Solar Ship has designed an aircraft that it says will be able to travel 1,000 kilometres carrying up to 1,000 kilograms of cargo, powered only by the sunlight that shines on its back. It will also be able to take off from — and land on — a spot no larger than a high-school soccer field.
Not quite an airship, not quite an airplane, the solar ship is a hybrid of both. The delta-shaped aircraft will be filled with helium, but slightly less than what’s required to lift it off the ground.
 
Solar panels across the top of its body, likely backed up by a lithium-ion battery system, will supply enough electricity to drive it forward and into the air. In this way, the design achieves just the right balance of static lift (like a blimp) and aerodynamic lift (like a plane).
 
Jay Godsall, founder and chief executive of Solar Ship, says his aircraft will be able to go where no roads are built, where landing locations are too small or have been destroyed, and where existing airplanes and helicopters can’t reach on a single tank of fuel.
 
 
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Tyler Hamilton
Toronto Star
http://www.cleanbreak.ca
http://www.solarship.com
Solar Ship Inc.
http://www.solarship.com
Keywords: Technology | Canada | Energy | Solar | Sustainable | aircraft | clean | hybrid | remote | transportation

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