Google’s photo voltaic aircraft crashed earlier this month

Google's solar plane 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.

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