04415133 is referenced by 36 patents and cites 10 patents.

A cruciform wing structure for a solar powered aircraft is disclosed. Solar cells 28 are mounted on horizontal wing surfaces 20, 22. Wing surfaces 24, 26 with spanwise axis perpendicular to surfaces 20, 22 maintain these surfaces normal to the sun's rays by allowing aircraft to be flown in a controlled pattern at a large bank angle.

The solar airplane may be of conventional design with respect to fuselage, propeller and tail, or may be constructed around a core 70 and driven by propeller mechanisms 75, 76, 77, and 78 attached near the tips of the airfoils.

Title
Solar powered aircraft
Application Number
6/263829
Publication Number
4415133
Application Date
May 15, 1981
Publication Date
November 15, 1983
Inventor
William H Phillips
Hampton
VA, US
Agent
Wallace J Nelson
John R Manning
Howard J Osborn
Assignee
The United States of America represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
DC, US
IPC
B64D 27/02
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