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Albatross
Solar powered around-the-world flight

ROTEC and TEEMP technologies, bold engineering solutions and intention for a new will allow us to make the first non-stop solar powered around-the-world flight.

Create an aircraft with an electric propulsion system and solar modules as power source. Successful implementation of the project will stimulate the development of a new kind of aviation, based on electric powertrain. We plan to commercialize project`s IP and technologies.
  • Concept

    Create an aircraft with an electric propulsion system and solar modules as power source. Successful implementation of the project will stimulate the development of a new kind of aviation, based on electric powertrain. We plan to commercialize project`s IP and technologies.

  • Goal

    Our goal is a solar powered non-stop around-the-world flight. Assumed that flight will pass at an altitude of 12-14 km with average speed about 210 km/h. The aircraft will cover 35 thousand km in 150 hours. For this end, we have created the world's first photovoltaics flying lab to test the efficiency of flexible solar modules and energy storage system at various heights and in a variety of conditions.

Technologies:

flying lab
Maximum take-off mass
900 kg
Wingspan
25 m
Wing area
19,95 m2
Peak speed
259 km/h

Solar panels

Flexible solar modules are notable for low weight and high strength, and also are able to capture both direct and reflected sunlight with an efficiency of more than 22%.

Hybrid energy storage system

Supercapacitors protect storage system from low temperatures and increased loads, which allows to use them in aggressive conditions and modes.

Route

  • 21544km

    Flight length. The flight will pass over the territory of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. 80% of the route passes over the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.

  • 12km/h

    cruising speed of the aircraft for a record flight. Peak speed is up to 300 km / h

  • 03hours

    will be the duration of the record flight. The cockpit of the record aircraft will be equipped with all necessary life support systems.

Stages

Flying lab

  • Start

    Dec 2017

  • Flights

    Mar 2018

  • Based on the Stemme S12, we created the world's first photovoltaics flying lab. High-altitude tests of flexible heterostructural solar modules will provide us with unique data which is necessary for their aerospace applications. In addition, we will test TEEMP supercapacitors and hybrid energy storage system.

  • The flying laboratory will also become a training vehicle for the pilot of the Albatross project - world-famous traveler Fedor Konyukhov. Fedor will receive Pilot skills, required for a record flight, during training flights in the European part of the country and in the Elbrus region, as well as a long flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky through Novy Urengoy and Yekaterinburg.

CHALLENGES:

To test the efficiency of flexible heterostructural solar modules with direct and reflected sunlight in high-altitude conditions: extreme temperatures, specific radiation spectrum and various pressures.

To work out the technology of application of flexible solar modules to a surface with arbitrary curvature.

Develop a hybrid energy storage system based on TEEMP supercapacitors.

To test developed hybrid energy storage system in various temperatures and pressures.

Aircraft for the record flight

  • Design and construction of the aircraft will be held in 2019. The data received from a flying lab will be taken into account in the design. Airplane roll out and flight tests are planned for 2020.

  • The wingspan of the aircraft will reach ~45 m, and wing area will be about 100 m2. This means the aircraft will have more than 200 m2 of area for solar panels installation (the surface of the fuselage and tail unit are factored in).

CHALLENGES:

To create an electric powertrain based flexible solar panels and hybrid energy storage devices.

To optimize the aerodynamics and surfaces of the aircraft to solar panels placement and installation.

To develop an aircraft that is capable for long and autonomous flights on the energy of sunlight.

Around-the-world flight

  • Flights

    Dec 2020

  • The non-stop around-the-world flight will pass over the territory of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. 80% of the route passes over the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Approximate length of the route will be 35 000 km. The record aircraft will cover this distance for 150 hours with an average speed of 210 km / h.

  • The route is developed by the Fedor Konyukhov`s Expeditionary HQ, which has experience in organizing ocean, sea and air expeditions. The data obtained in previous Fedor Konyukhov`s around-the-world flight of in a hot-air balloon will be factored.

CHALLENGES:

Explore air currents in mountain and coastal areas, as well as at the height of the stratosphere.

To cover 35 000 km without landing, using the energy of sunlight and rising air currents.

Team

Mikhail Lifshits
Fedor Konyukhov

Opportunities

  • Albatross project will stimulate development of solar powered avitation. Hybrid powertrain and its components will form technology basis of the product line of the future.

  • Autonomous aircrafts will replace satellites in a number of industries. They can be used for ocean, forest or agricultural land monitoring.

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