As the need for energy rises with the improving technology and the rising population, companies are coming up with the most efficient solutions that promise to meet the world’s energy demand. We already have seen a few examples, such as solar-powered cars and buildings covered with solar panels.
László Németh, a designer at Lasky Design, has developed a solar-powered aircraft concept capable of solar flight with zero-emission thanks to its large wing area. Named Falcon Solar, the concept design breaks with conventional aircraft design and uses the advantage of flying wings.
Nature has long provided engineers and designers with good ideas. Inspired by the body of the birds of prey, the streamlined concept features two large wings that curve upwards in a very harmonious way, a low and elongated cockpit, and a pointed tail.
The shape is unique in that the fuselage also generates significant lift while providing a surface for the solar panels. It doesn’t seem to have rudders to stabilizers, and its cabin also seems very compact. So, it’s difficult to say how Falcon Solar would function in the real world.
The Falcon Solar is designed as a passenger aircraft with the goal of making air travel more efficient and less expensive. Referring to the difficulties of flying on a cloudy day or at night, which would prevent the solar panels from generating power, Németh stressed that climbing to higher altitudes could help overcome these problems.
Though just an idea, for now, the designer hopes his bold and innovative concept can inspire the aviation industry to develop new and more efficient aircraft.