A scientific team of students and students of St. Petersburg Technical College in Russia was able to design the first amphibious plane operating on solar energy, which can fly and float for an “indefinite” time in the event of sunlight, and according to the director of the Center for Innovation Development, Alexei Maestro, the new innovation has attracted interest Foreign and national companies, which could open new horizons in the world of aviation and investment in drones, according to the Russian agency Sputnik.
The research team provided the multi-use Storm-600 amphibious aircraft with intelligent circuits and microprocessors, capable of controlling their movement, with batteries and hydrogen cells, capable of combustion hybrid, which is the first of its kind in the world.
According to Maestro, this mechanism will come to the fore of the equipment used soon, especially with the gradual departure from the use of fuel in planes and cars. Maestro said: “The main disadvantage of cars or electric powered equipment is that they stop working as soon as the batteries are discharged, but the new design avoided this problem.” By installing solar panels on the exterior of the structure, which provides a sustainable source of energy, it is stored in batteries that can be used when needed, according to the Russian “Politexpert” website.
“These panels are an inexhaustible source of energy, and a little time is enough for the batteries to be charged, and with proper planning we can work for several days without stopping,” the machinery batteries weigh about 10 kg, which is two times lighter than the lithium batteries, with a capacity of 10 kWh, while the power provided by solar panels is about 2.4 kW.
The length of the mechanism is 6 meters, its width is from 2.5 to 1.5 meters, and its load capacity ranges from 100 kg to 300 kg, and its speed reaches 90 knots (167 km / h) equipped with a light vertical plane, with an electric and hydraulic motor, and artificial intelligence technologies allow it to self-control without A human intervention, according to Maestro, “In terms of movement, this mechanism has many advantages. We do not need gearboxes, clutches, reverse gears and other sophisticated mechanical devices. There is only a motor that secures everything.”
The replaceable cabin design allows for taking virtually any payload, such as imaging and sonar devices, sensors, depth gauges, scientific research equipment, or quantities of water or garbage collection, and the mechanism does not require a specific landing path or path, so it can be used almost everywhere, To deliver goods, patrol or clear terrain.
It may be useful in protecting water borders, exploration and searches, in addition to locating accidents and finding sunken objects, monitoring the weather, mapping pollution and tracking the path of fish, and Strom can monitor the target at full speed for at least an hour while maintaining a safe distance, It can also do self-tracking for up to 30 days.