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AUVSI 2013: Puma AE completes maiden solar flight

16th August 2013 - 15:28 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Washington, DC


AeroVironment’s Puma AE has completed a nine hour flight using solar power, tripling the UAV’s existing endurance, company officials have stated.

Solar panels, manufactured by Alta Devices, were attached to wings and tested during a flight campaign, with the longest flight lasting nine hours and eleven minutes. Without the solar panels, the Puma can usually fly for two hours or three with an extended power pack.

‘We have successfully completed a solar powered flight,’ David Heidel, marketing manager for UAS at the company told Shephard. ‘Our plan for the Puma would be to have the solar wing in production

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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