Boeing’s solar-powered climate research drone takes flight in 2019

Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing that specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles, is gearing up to launch a solar-powered autonomous aircraft. The vehicle, called Odysseus, is designed for persistent flight at high-altitudes and will be used to perform climate and atmospheric research. Its first voyage is scheduled for the spring of 2019. According to […]

Facebook drops solar-powered Internet drone business, cans Aquila

A Facebook rendering of the Aquila solar-powered drone. (credit: Facebook) It was supposed to be the future of digital communications, helping to connect the “next five billion people” to the Internet. But Facebook has now shut down its internal effort to build high-altitude solar-powered drones to provide a backbone for Internet connectivity in areas lacking […]

Largest solar-powered boat ever built

This zero emission boat is powered completely by solar energy. PlanetSolar’s MS Tûranor has a little over 5,500 square feet of solar panels. The boat broke many Guinness World Records including fastest crossing of the Atlantic by solar power, and longest journey by a solar-powered boat to name a few. Learn more at planetsolar.ch Transcript: […]