Thursday, 15 Apr, 2010 Environment

High Speed Solar Airship - Eco-Friendly Concept Designed to Transport Heavy Load


This environmentally-friendly airship was designed to carry heavy cargo to virtually any destination without polluting the air. Dubbed High Speed Solar Airship (HSSA), the concept is to be made from off-the-shelf components. It is expected to provide high-speed and cost-competitive transportation of cargo.

Featuring solar panels mounted onboard, the aircraft is able to produce up to 67.2KW of power. When combined with the Jet Stream, the solar technology allows the HSSA to reach a top speed of 182mph, being able to fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet. At night the aircraft is able to gain a top speed of 165mph.

Because it can fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet, HSSA will be able to transport cargo in any weather. The same feature allows the solar panels to generate more energy by making use of a clear weather. In addition, because the temperatures at such heights are colder, solar panels will have their efficiency raised by 30 percent.

The estimated payload of the ship is 120,000 pounds, while its approximate cost is $5 million. More information on the project is available here.

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