SolarStratos Solar Plane

SolarStratos, a manned two-person aerial vehicle, may not be able to circumnavigate the globe on a single charge, but it is a 100% solar-powered aircraft. It currently holds the record for being the first solar-powered airplane to reach a height of 25,000 meters, with power stored on an Austrian-made 20 kWh battery, while the solar panels are sourced from California-based SunPower. When you reach the edge of space, a specially designed pressurized spacesuit, made by Russian company Zvezda, protects its passenger(s). Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane
SolarStratos Solar Plane

“SolarStratos’s founder Raphael Domjan hopes to develop a technology that can battle climate change and champion solar power over high octane fuel. Once the technology is proven to work, the company aims to build a 3-manned vehicle too that will include a pressurized cabin and will operate commercial space tourism flights as soon as 2021,” reports Yanko Design.