Many of us live in areas where access to life’s necessities is a trivial concept. We take for granted our ease of access to critical needs such as food, medicine, and our connection to the world and it can be difficult to conceptualize the challenges faced by those that call remote communities their home. Just as one’s lifestyle must adapt to the realities of a remote community, so too must the transportation solutions that serve the people. Solar Ship’s design philosophy is centred around self reliance and infrastructure independence. Use of renewable resources gives plenty of opportunities to abide by these philosophies while fulfilling the needs of these communities.
Photovoltaics are not just our namesake, they’re a lifeline. Solar panels allow our cargo aircraft to bring along with it the electrical infrastructure that may be missing at a point of need. On the ground, life saving medicine and goods will be delivered while locals take time to tap in to our portable electrical grid. Batteries are recharged during a brief stay while we prepare for the return trip home.
Flight by pure solar power input has been achieved by very few and with limited useful load. Solar Ship’s hybrid airship design is made to deliver scalability and has been optimized with the use of computational aerodynamics tools in collaboration with the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). Solar Ship’s delta wing planform is an ideal shape to maximize aerostatics lift to improve cargo capacity, to maximize surface area to improve solar panel performance, and to minimize drag to deliver performance.
Read more about our solar powered hybrid airship in our recent publication in the AIAA Journal of Aircraft: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.C035463