Solar Ship has built, registered, and flown its first solar helium plane successfully. R&D continues to improve performance on a rugged self-reliant vehicle able to connect remote areas without requiring infrastructure or supplies.
The Solar Ship is a hybrid aircraft, gaining lift from both buoyant gas and aerodynamics. Its wing-ship design allows for short take-off and landing (STOL), such as in a soccer field.
This design also provides a large surface area for solar electric power, allowing long, self-sufficient range.
The result is transportation without depending on things that often aren’t available in remote areas – fossil fuels, roads, or runways.