Google’s photo voltaic aircraft crashed earlier this month
In line with Bloomberg Enterprise, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating an incident whereby Google’s photo voltaic-powered Solara 50 aircraft reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The occasion occurred on Might 1st at a personal airfield outdoors of Albuquerque and no accidents have been reported.
“Though our prototype aircraft went down throughout a current check, we stay optimistic concerning the potential of photo voltaic-powered planes to assist ship connectivity,” Courtney Hohne, a Google spokeswoman, informed Bloomberg. “A part of constructing a brand new know-how is overcoming hurdles alongside the best way.” Current Google acquisition, Titan Aerospace constructed the 50-meter-large (164 ft) drone. It’s a part of an formidable Google plan to ship international web connectivity by way of stratospheric drones. The Mountain View-based mostly firm can also be engaged on an alternate, balloon-based mostly system dubbed Challenge Loon.