View Full Version : Discussion: Solar Aircraft Lost Over the Pacific

2003-Jul-08, 10:02 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's remotely piloted Helios aircraft was destroyed on Thursday when it broke up over the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands. The Helios is a large flying covered with solar cells which is designed to fly at very high altitudes for very long durations - it broke the world altitude record when it reached 29,500 metres in August, 2001. In the future, fleets of these aircraft could replace the services of satellites for a fraction of the cost. The cause of the accident isn't known.

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2006-Jan-08, 05:43 PM
It's sad, but given the name Helios, not that surprising, afterall Helios was known for `Driving a fiery chariot across the skies'. Let's just hope they don't name any of these aircraft Icarus for instance.

Dragon Star
2006-Jan-08, 05:48 PM
Wow jkmccrann, dug up an old bone here didn't you?:D

Anyone know if it was recovered?

2006-Jan-08, 05:52 PM
I'm actually just having a look into that matter, I'll report back if I find anything.

2006-Jan-08, 05:55 PM
Rather pretty, and uniquely designed craft actually.

Helios (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helios_Prototype)

Helios Again (http://www.zinkle.com/p/articles/mi_pasa/is_200306/ai_869217631)

Shame to lose it.

Dragon Star
2006-Jan-08, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the links, it is quite a unique aircraft indeed.