#25 - INDUSTRIAL MACHINES IN THE CLOUD

Solar Drone Flies for 8 Hours

French start-up Sunbirds has designed a solar drone that can fly nonstop for 8 hours. At 3 kg and with a 3-meter wingspan, the SB4 Phoenix relies on 100% non-polluting electric energy. The drone can recharge its batteries in flight thanks to 40 solar cells on the wings. This enables it to greatly exceed the flight time of current civilian drones, which cannot stay aloft more than 3 hours. The SB4 Phoenix can be used to monitor industrial installations, such as electric power lines and large structures. Price ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 euros and production will start in 2017.


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