Helios Solar Powered Aircraft


Compilation of test flights. Pathfinder Solar Plane preceeded Centurion. Pathfinder turned into Pathfinder+ by removing the original center panel and replacing it with a panel that was about 48 feet in length. Centurion turned into Helios Prototype, which turned into Helios and Helios with a fuel cell. The difference between Centurion and Helios prototype was removing the center panel and adding 2 new center panels. Helios flew with 5 pods and had a full solar array. The fuel cell version was made by removing the center pod and replacing it with the fuel cell pod. That is the one at the end of the video.

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  1. #1 by MokomaSusi at September 15th, 2009

    “our planet IS already fucked up”

    No, it’s not. Even if humanity would die this planet stays here… it’s not going anywhere.

  2. #2 by AvianAzn at September 24th, 2009

    when we accomplish that we can power the world with water.

  3. #3 by marcianohijo at October 1st, 2009

    might be the only way to fly on the future with the prices of planes fuel and stuff.

  4. #4 by TrickyNekro at October 8th, 2009

    This plane is proof of concept but rather inefficient, It may help as weather plane or panels can be used in extraterrestrial missions, But I strongly insist that solar energy isn’t the way to go…. We need to find a certain reaction battery that can supply us with a plentiful amount of energy disposable or rechargeable doesn’t matter….

  5. #5 by jwboll at October 17th, 2009

    Pretty awesome, but Christ! Hangar rent would be atrocious!

  6. #6 by PaganiZ0ndaF at October 25th, 2009

    helios means ”SUN” in Greek …

  7. #7 by nowoolovermine at December 31st, 2009

    Was Falcon Heine on board?

  8. #8 by Rob187ok at January 16th, 2010

    It’s a big very expensive toy with very little practical use.

  9. #9 by TCatBRproductions at January 18th, 2010

    Little practical use? What if commercial jets become solar powered. Each commercial jet uses about 3600 gallons of fuel an hour. Sounds potentially useful especially since this is only a prototype.

  10. #10 by theloneplant at January 22nd, 2010

    Think about it, all youd ultimately need is to imbed solar panels on top of the wings of the plane, brilliant! Not to mention the battery but still, it would be more space efficient since all the space the gas tank takes up is reduced to a much smaller battery.

  11. #11 by michaelheskett6666 at January 23rd, 2010

    no we need a plane that runs on something cols instead of heat because if you go to alaska with a sun or heat powered plane your fucking sqewed!!!

  12. #12 by kailuafrog at January 27th, 2010

    So was the first airplane to fly or the first car to drive.

  13. #13 by kailuafrog at January 27th, 2010

    Some strongly insisted that humans could not survive 30 MpH.

  14. #14 by RithmEngineer at January 29th, 2010

    Does anyone know where I can find the crash part of this video?

  15. #15 by count3rculture at January 30th, 2010

    no i dont think it has crashed …i dont think they would put all that effort int something this beutiful for it to crash i think it may well be still u.p there and may be up there for decades to come

  16. #16 by lane297 at January 31st, 2010

    lol.89 years later it passes by your house(hey isnt that the wierd plane they launched in 2006).(yea).(kool).(i knoe).(land damit land)

  17. #17 by dzgfdg at February 19th, 2010

    u youtubers are idiots, surely it has to land at night

  18. #18 by dzgfdg at February 19th, 2010

    well there is one…..the jet stream

  19. #19 by TrickyNekro at February 20th, 2010

    @kailuafrog

    And some strongly insisted that the world could end… In fact there are some many, that if they were true, we just are living million of years after them… There are many many alternatives to electricity to power big things and that’s not today fuels…

  20. #20 by holp02 at February 28th, 2010

    surely it has to land at night? ever heard of something called a battery?

  21. #21 by harold562 at March 5th, 2010

    lololz it looks like it can barely hold its own weight

  22. #22 by aell0111 at March 16th, 2010

    top speep of about 30 mph

  23. #23 by aell0111 at March 16th, 2010

    where duz the pilot sit

  24. #24 by VIassasin at March 20th, 2010

    @aell0111 i THINK its remote controlled like a uav

  25. #25 by woarboar at March 21st, 2010

    It’s a nice idea but man is that an ugly ass plane :p

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