On Thursday, November 12, 2020, our solar-powered airplane flew nonstop for over 10 hours. After taking off at 9:11 am, the aircraft circled over the field of the York Soaring Association until after 7:20 pm. The landing went well despite being two hours after sunset. This flight was a major milestone in our quest to break the world flight endurance record. For more information check out our project website and instagram account.
This summer we had again two high school students working in our lab as part of the Research Opportunity Program in Engineering (ROPE). Emily and Susan experimented with solar cells and developed methodologies of how to integrate these cells in our solar glider. We greatly appreciate their contribution to our newest project. Furthermore, we also want to acknowledge Peter Bradley for his help and support with the ROPE project.