solar-powered remote-controlled helicopter dubbed 'Solarcopter' under the supervision of Bangladeshi scientist Dr M Hasan Shaheed. It is said to be the world
Although there are fixed wing solar aircraft projects like Swiss Solar Impulse or NASA’s Sun Seeker, Pathfinder or Helios, there was no helicopter that could fly with energy from sunlight only.
Solarcopter, is the first to fly only with solar-energy generated from a custom designed PV panel. It is a four-propeller quad rotor and capable of short flights at this moment but with further research it will soon be able fly for longer period,” said Dr Shaheed.
This particular project started two years ago with an Iraqi origin student Aly Abidali and a solar helicopter prototype was successfully built. It carried a solar panel to charge an on board battery that provided the power for flight, rather than flying on purely solar power. The ultimate challenge, to make the Solarcopter fly solely from solar energy without the need of the battery, then began.