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Is Falcon aircraft the future of aviation? Due to its vast wing area, László Németh, a designer at Lasky Design, has developed a solar-powered aircraft concept capable of solar flight with zero emissions. Falcon Solar is a concept design that deviates from traditional aircraft design by utilizing the advantages of flying wings. Nature has long provided good ideas to engineers and designers. The streamlined concept, inspired by the bodies of birds of prey, has two large wings that curve upwards in a very harmonious way, a low and elongated cockpit, and a pointed tail.


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[–]slide_into_my_BM 19 points20 points  (4 children)

It’s a concept aircraft, it’s not capable of doing anything yet

[–]ThirtyMileSniper 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Exactly this. It looks like a light aircraft as well so it has limited utility.

I was interested up until reading that their wasn't a physical prototype. It sounds like they haven't even done physical testing on the geometry just the maths on power requirements to potential collection area and probably computer modelling on lift.

[–]slide_into_my_BM 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah, it’s basically the same as Galileo’s Aerial Screw drawings at this point.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool idea and I like the style of it. I’d love if we could lose fossil fuels for air travel but this thing shouldn’t even be considered news since its just calculations and a 3D rendered mode

[–]ThirtyMileSniper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with everything here. It's a sharp looking concept but until I see a working prototype I'm not going to start shouting that it's a game changer.

[–]BetaOscarBeta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I dunno if they've even gotten that far, considering how little effort went into the blog post. It's written like something a sixth grader would turn in for half credit.

[–]skunkadelic 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Let me know when they have a working prototype. Then I'll get excited.

[–]laskydesign 3 points4 points  (0 children)

For the time being, we are working on CFD models and iteration is ongoing. An RC model with a span of 5-6 m will be the first test version. For the moment we don't know what will come out of this project, because it was only the love of flying and innovation that brought it to life. But as there is a lot of interest from big companies, it is possible that we will build it on a large scale.

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[–]JaggedMetalOs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fuselage generates significant lift while also providing a surface for the solar panels, making the shape unique. It doesn’t appear to have any rudders or stabilizers, and its cabin appears to be very small. As a result, predicting how Falcon Solar would perform in the real world is difficult

It also doesn't appear to have anything to propel it either. You know, I could make a vaguely bird shaped aircraft looking thing with solar panel textures in Blender too, and I'd remember to put a propeller on it. Or maybe an unducted fan for a more futuristic look.

This is a whole lot of nothing.

[–]Tiyow2021[S] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Is Falcon aircraft the future of aviation? Due to its vast wing area, László Németh, a designer at Lasky Design, has developed a solar-powered aircraft concept capable of solar flight with zero emissions. Falcon Solar is a concept design that deviates from traditional aircraft design by utilizing the advantages of flying wings. Nature has long provided good ideas to engineers and designers. The streamlined concept, inspired by the bodies of birds of prey, has two large wings that curve upwards in a very harmonious way, a low and elongated cockpit, and a pointed tail.