Saturday 30 July 2011

Connectors for solar aircraft

Souriau is providing power and signal electrical composite connectors for the revolutionary Solar Impulse solar powered aircraft, which completed a 26-hour non-stop flight in July 2010 and is working up to circle the earth without fuel only propelled by solar energy.

Through a partnership agreement Solar Impulse uses Souriau composite connectors to supply and monitor the 4 electrical motors powered with solar panel and high performances battery.

Manufactured at Souriau Champagné (F) facility, these connectors are made of composite material with a special metallisation in order to be the lightest possible but also to ensure the highest EMI protection performances.

The Solar Impulse aircraft flew though a full night relied solely on solar energy and produced no environmentally harmful emissions.

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