Saturday, August 09, 2008

This thing is sure to turn a few heads:

Odysseus: Aurora's radical, unlimited endurance, solar powered aircraft

Aurora Flight Sciences has revealed the design of the aircraft it hopes will achieve the ambitious goals set out in DARPA's ambitious Vulture program: sustained uninterrupted flight for over five years at altitudes of 60,000-90,000 feet. Known as Odysseus, the solar-powered concept aircraft is as radical as the mission it is designed to accomplish, combining three self-sufficient "constituent aircraft" in a unique Z wing configuration that spans almost 500 feet (150 meters).

(Via Beyond the Beyond.)

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