SolarStratos- Dinner 11 October 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 19:00
Château de Penthes, Pregny

There was a good turn-out of over 50 members and guests at the Château de Penthes. All enjoyed a fine meal and excellent conversation followed by a presentation of the SolarStratos project by its CEO, Roland Loos. This Yverdon-based enterprise aims to fly a solar-powered aircraft into the stratosphere- “to the edge of space”- to prove it can be done in a man powered craft, and to create a platform for future commercial spin-offs, such as surveillance drones powered by solar energy which are able to remain aloft for long periods.

On a previous adventure, the pilot and initiator of the project, Raphaël Donjon, navigated his solar-powered boat PlanetSolar around the world. Then he needed a life-jacket. This time he will be relying on a cosmonaut's life-supporting spacesuit. The project's technical challenges and the formidable human adventure involved inspired numerous questions. A future powered only by renewable energy, even in the skies, now really seems within reach.

You can follow the progress of the project via this link https://www.solarstratos.com/en/

After the lively question and answer session, Club President, Simon Roper, thanked the organisers and gave a Vote of Thanks to Mr. Loos on behalf of the Club.

Organised by Max Bishop and Philip Selby.”

Image: