Patent Number : 9,067,668
Patent Title : Adaptable solar airframe with a flexible photovoltaic system
Inventors: Moussouris; John Peter (Palo Alto, CA), Frolov; Sergey V. (New Providence, NJ), Cyrus; Michael (Summit, NJ)
Assignee: SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS INC. (Edison, NJ)
Family ID: 1000001184850
Appl. No.: 14/091,969
Filed: November 27, 2013
Abstract: Methods and apparatus for an adaptable solar airframe are provided herein. In some embodiments, an adaptable solar airframe includes an expandable body having an aerodynamic cross-section that reduces parasitic air drag at any given thickness of the body, further being able to change its shape in flight in response to changes in the relative position of the sun; and a flexible solar PV system attached to the surface of the expandable body.