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Solar-energy conversion devices
on surfaces of  kites, kytoons, aerostats, blimps, gliders

Notes, links, patents ...  are invited. Comments and essays are invited.

Comment and development of this topic will be occurring here.       
All, send notes, drawings, and photographs!

Terms and aspects:   

  • Fabrics that are solar-energy converters
  • Thin-film solar cells.
  • Use and storage of electricity onboard.

Related links:

  • Some solar-aircraft history:    Art1     Art2  
  • Solar Ship
  • Paul MacCready  Solar Challenger
  • Solar aircraft
  • Solar-energized hang glider
  • Solar Impulse
  • Solar One
  • Eric Raymond and his Sunseeker    
  • In 2005, Alan Cocconi, founder of AC Propulsion, flew a 5-meter wingspan unmanned aircraft for 48 hr non-stop powered only by solar energy.

Commentary is welcome:

  • Even a toy kite may carry solar cells on the wing of the kite. The lines of the kite may also be holding solar-energy conversion arrangement. Even the resistive set of a kite may be involving solar-energy conversion devices. The gliding kites like paragliders may have harness and pilot pod and pilot helmet with surfaces that are solar-energy conversion surfaced.
  • An AWECS may have surfaces that receive laser beams gunned from the earth or another aircraft.