Aerospace firm unveils solar-powered aircraft (Update)

A solar-powered aircraft that can be flown with or without a human on board has been unveiled at a New York site that once made military fighter jets.

A pilot flew in the Luminati Aerospace prototype for 20 minutes Friday at the former Calverton defense plant on Long Island.

The facility was once used by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Now Luminati plans to develop its unmanned aerial vehicle there.

The company plans to create a fleet of unmanned aircraft that can provide worldwide hot spots for places without internet service. It says the drones also could be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

It hopes to start manufacturing by the end of the year.

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Jun 10, 2016
This is a hoax right?

Jun 10, 2016
Believe it. With improvements in photovoltaic cell efficiency, these craft will get smaller as drones and/or be able to carry more load....passengers, cargo, military gear, instrumentation for research. They could fly higher to get more sunlight as well since greater energy density and strength translates to airfoil area. More easily stay aloft indefinitely even with passengers as long as enuf food and air.

Jun 11, 2016
It is hard to believe with those short wings.

Jun 11, 2016
Yup...good old Northrop Grumman in Calverton - gone but not forgotten...and the old facility is, presumably, in good hands. I flew in a F-14 Tomcat years ago with a friend who piloted the craft. It was awesome for a young man like myself to have such an experience back then.
BTW, Northrop Grumman is the primary contractor for the James Webb Space Telescope.

I just may visit Luminati Aerospace sometime in the future if I can get clearance. The craft would fly above the clouds for the greatest continuous draw of solar power and would follow the Sun.

I doubt that the prime motivation for this program would be to provide worldwide internet service. Reconnaissance is more like it.

Jun 11, 2016
I was curious to find out more about Luminati Aerospace. In searching for further information, I found the CEO of the company. This guy is a GENIUS.


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