05810284 is referenced by 128 patents and cites 14 patents.

This disclosure provides a solar rechargeable aircraft that is inexpensive to produce, is steerable, and can remain airborne almost indefinitely. The preferred aircraft is a span-loaded flying wing, having no fuselage or rudder. Travelling at relatively slow speeds, and having a two-hundred foot wingspan that mounts photovoltaic cells on most all of the wing's top surface, the aircraft uses only differential thrust of its eight propellers to turn. Each of five sections of the wing has one or more engines and photovoltaic arrays, and produces its own lift independent of the other sections, to avoid loading them. Five two-sided photovoltaic arrays, in all, are mounted on the wing, and receive photovoltaic energy both incident on top of the wing, and which is incident also from below, through a bottom, transparent surface. The aircraft is capable of a top speed of about ninety miles per hour, which enables the aircraft to attain and can continuously maintain altitudes of up to sixty-five thousand feet. Regenerative fuel cells in the wing store excess electricity for use at night, such that the aircraft can sustain its elevation indefinitely. A main spar of the wing doubles as a pressure vessel that houses hydrogen and oxygen gasses for use in the regenerative fuel cell. The aircraft has a wide variety of applications, which include weather monitoring and atmospheric testing, communications, surveillance, and other applications as well.

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Publication Number
Application Date
March 15, 1995
Publication Date
September 22, 1998
Robert L Radkey
70 Eddystone Ct., Redwood City, 94065
Walter R Morgan
3217 Amarillo Ave., Simi Valley, 93063
Peter B S Lissaman
3276 Rubio Canyon Rd., Altadena, 91001
Bart D Hibbs
1732 N. Grand Oaks, Altadena, 91001
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
B64C 39/10
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