29 January 2009

SkySpark: the eco-friendly record aircraft

The SkySpark project was officially launched yesterday in Turin. The goal is to design and build a complete “ecological” aircraft in order to set a world record. All systems will be entirely electrically powered.

The project is supported by several private sponsors, by the Politecnico di Torino and by the Local Government. The aim is to set a world speed record for the category (initial computations set 300 Km/h). The whole system is powered by an hydrogen fuel-cell, about 65kW. The project coordinator and the SkySpark's pilot is the italian astronaut Maurizio Cheli.

NavSAS is actively cooperating for the navigation issues. NavSAS will use its technology to provide an accurate positioning of the plane during the tests and the record attempt.