How It Works

 

Solar Falcon Launch Vehicle: Unique Features*

LONG RANGE INTERCEPT

  • Daytime cruising speed: 130 km/hr – fast enough for stratospheric winds, east to west at 30 to 50 km/hr – reach hurricanes and/or targets from 3000  km away in a day

LONG TERM STATION KEEPING

  • Monitor high-value maritime ships/area, dock-to-dock, weeks to months

PERSISTENT MEASUREMENTS

Data available continuously; Hurricane example: intensity, track and damage prediction, birth-to death, updates every half hour if needed and 3D maps post-landfall for storm surge and damage every 30 minutes

HIGHLY PORTABLE – RAPID DEPLOYMENT

  • Uninflated Solar Falcon fits into a standard-size semi- trailer (40’ x 9.5’ x 8’); ship or airlift to sites
  • Launch from modified trailer or seaborne platform

LOW COST, LONG DWELL TIME

  • Solar Falcon: 1/10th the cost with >10 x the observing time compared to alternatives

*Patent Pending

 

Modified: fold-down sides/ front/rear panels, elevated base platform if needed

Safety and Regulations Followed for Solar Falcon Design

Solar Falcon is designed and developed with high redundancy and 4 engines – flight safety is a priority.  Incorporates proven subsystems for:

  • Flight controls
  • Propulsion
  • Structure and material
  • Navigation and communications

Launched with rapid accent, 45 min, allowing short-term traffic de-confliction

Lighter than air, independent from engines to stay at altitude

Equipped with flight termination, recovery parachute & built-in self destruction

Low kinetic weight: 1150 kg

ADS-B transceiver allowing radar detection at 100 miles

ELT transponder and TICAS if required

Operates above transoceanic airspace controlled by FAA and foreign authorities, eliminating conflict potential and ATC handover process

 

Solar Falcons Are Above FAA Regulated Airspace

Breakthrough Technology in Remote Sensing, Surveillance, and Telecommunication

Development is underway

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