Oklahoma aerospace company developing solar-powered drone that could fly for months without landingPublished: Monday, April 26, 2021 By: Dale Denwalt Source: NewsOK
Imagine an aircraft that can remain in the sky for months without having to land and refuel.
That's the dream envisioned by Robert Miller, CEO of Skydweller Aero, an Oklahoma-based company developing an autonomous airplane powered by the sun. It's an ambitious and potentially lucrative idea that could be used for weather monitoring, surveillance or even communication networks.
For the company's successful first test flight last week in Spain, Skydweller Aero used the Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft already notable for its around-the-world flight using only solar power.
Before they can run with an autonomous drone, they must first walk with a test pilot on board. It's like testing a self-driving car for the first time, Miller said.