Originally Posted by VRE332
I would imagine he's going to try to sell this to the DoD. It would be a great spy plane
Fossil fuels is and will remain the only viable energy source for safe air traffic for the time being. If not the primary source, the aircraft will at least be equipped with some type of oil burning propulsion system.
The risk of sending an airman over enemy territory in a solar powered airplane is far too high.
The FAQ in the link stated the pilot will be equipped with a parachute for use in the event he runs out of energy and has no where to land.
Would you take that mission over North Korea?