International Drone Event features young scientists
The team is working on a model that. Energy obtained from solar radiation makes it stay in the air both during the day and at night. However, the project is designed to culminate with the plane flight along the eastern border of Poland. The key assumption of the project - the harmony of the plane and environment. Therefore, the construction uses an ecological power supply system - photovoltaic cells located on its wings which are the energy sources for the whole system. The panels design special for optimal aerodynamic performance. The construction made of durable and lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre for structure durability. One of the main engineering problems that the team had to face was the energy management system. Sufficient sunlight supplies power for the propulsion engines and on-board electronics. These are powered directly from photovoltaic cells, the excess of generated energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries. In the case of insufficient solar radiation, energy deficiencies will be supplemented from previosly charged batteries. Flight safety, and therefore full control over the aircraft, is also a very important aspect. Thus the aircraft is equipped with air communication systems - aircraft control system, telemetry, FPV system, GPS connection.
Although AGH Solar Plane is a young team, they have already nothed up several achievements. The team members take part in many scientific conferences, including international conferences such as 450 International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Management in Osaka. The team member won first place for the best article. They also joined the 6th International Conference on Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy in Miami, where the project has also been awarded. AGH Solar Plane students have also won the "Best of the Best! 3.0 and 4.0” organised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The AGH Solar Plane project attracted a lot of interest during the International UAV Competition UAV TÜBITAK in Istanbul, which attracted over 100 teams from around the world. The AGH University of Science and Technology students were the only representatives from Poland.
The Solar Plane team members can be met at the International Drone Event - annual held on 17 and 18 June 2020 in Targi Kielce.