What is our goal?
The goal of the CREATeV project is to develop an ultra-long endurance solar powered aircraft capable of sustaining flight for 60 days continuously. The major challenge with sustaining multi-day flights is the ability to cruise through an entire night on battery power, without the ability to recharge the batteries from solar power.
What have we created?
CREATeV has a maximum endurance of 12 hours on battery power, allowing it to sustain flight overnight in the summer months. During daylight hours, the aircraft will recharge its batteries using the 96 solar cells mounted to the wing surface. The aircraft has a 6.28 meter wingspan, with a maximum take-off weight of approximately 12.5 kilograms and is constructed primarily of carbon fibre/fibreglass laminates for their light weight and high strength.
What are we planning to do with it?
In the summer of 2020, CREATeV will attempt to set the FAI record for longest unmanned flight, currently set at 26 days.