Aurora Flight Sciences has announced it has revealed Odysseus, a solar-powered autonomous aircraft, the company said.
Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform built for groundbreaking persistence. Utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials, Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely — all powered by clean, renewable energy.
The inspiration for Odysseus started with the Daedalus Project that ultimately set records in distance and for human-powered flight in 1988 with a 72-mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. The project was organized and led by Aurora President and CEO John Langford and other MIT colleagues who later founded Aurora. Daedalus´ records still stand today.
Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is an innovative technology company that develops smarter aircraft using advanced autonomous systems. Aurora applies autonomy to make both manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient.