The solar plane project progresses apace

The solar plane project progresses apace

The unmanned Solar plane project that is developing four Andalusian research centres, grouped in the C4T platform, progresses at a good pace. Pegasus already has a prototype, which is serving as a basis for improving electronics, aerodynamics, optimal integration of systems and environmental footprint, among other Aspects.Pegasus is being developed by the IAT Technology Centers (andalusian Institute of technology), CATEC (advanced Centre for Aerospace technologies), CITIC (andalusian Centre for Innovation and Information and communication technologies) and CTAER (advanced Technological Centre for renewable energies), grouped under the C4T consortium.

This week, the managers of these centers have announced in malaga, within the framework of the III Forum transfers, The progress of the project, whose evocative name is the acronym of Experimental Aerial Platform for advanced and sustainable management of energy on Board.

Pegasus seeks to obtain an unmanned solar aircraft demonstrator with efficient energy management on Board. The initiative already has a prototype in which photovoltaic cells have been installed that will serve to improve the energy management system and to extend the autonomy of flight. In addition, work has been developed, and continues to develop, in the improvement of the aerodynamics of the aircraft, efficient onboard electronics, optimal integration of the systems and the characterization of the environmental footprint, among Others.

It is now planned to conduct an outdoor flight test campaign with the demonstrator, in which tests will be carried out on their behaviour in different typical missions, as well as the degree of efficiency and reliability of the energy management System. . The initiative hopes to achieve significant results within a year.

The ultimate goal is to promote technologies linked to the development of a RPAS (remotely piloted aerial System) aerial vehicle of Minimal environmental impact, applying advances in new materials, Renewable energy sources, microelectronics, robotics, software or analytical management processes, as a step prior to the development of applications in larger aircraft.