Sunseeker Duo: a solar airplane for the summer skys

Posted By on June 2, 2014


The solar powered Sunseeker Duo airplane made it’s first two passenger test flight last month as Eric and Irena Raymond prepare for longer flights this summer. posted a few more photos in their article … what an interesting aviation project.

Solar Flight says that the Raymonds took off together in the company’s third powered airplane from its test facility near Milan, Italy.

For take off, the Duo uses energy harvested from the 1,510 solar cells on its wings and tail and stored in a battery pack in the fuselage. Once in the air, the airplane then cruises directly on solar power. The company claims that, with two people on board, it’s capable of flights of 12 hours or more.


"Flying the Duo, skimming the white fluffy clouds from above and playing on the sky, I feel like a bird," said Irena Raymond. "No limitations, a pure freedom. It’s so quiet. Compared to a normal airplane, it’s like night and day. You need very good headset in other powered airplanes, but in the Duo you can speak normally even when the motor is running full power, no headset needed. It is unbelievable."


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