Solar-powered aircraft set for debut

2016-06-10 18:01
An artist's impression of a solar-powered aircraft. (iStock)

An artist's impression of a solar-powered aircraft. (iStock)

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Calverton - A solar-powered aircraft that can be flown with or without a human on board is being unveiled at a New York site that once made fighter jets for the military.

Luminati Aerospace is displaying its prototype at the former Calverton defence plant on Long Island on Friday. A person will be inside the high-tech aircraft during the demonstration.

The Calverton facility was once used by defence contractor Northrop Grumman. Now Luminati plans to develop its unmanned aerial vehicle there.

Luminati closed in September on a $3.4m deal to acquire land from the operator of a former skydiving facility.

The company says in a media release that the project has attracted scientists, engineers and aerodynamics experts "from all corners of the aviation industry."

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