way south: To be fair its also running life support, charging batteries, and there is built in redundancy in case they lose a few. Plus those panel designs are decades old.The station wasn't made to be a power plant.
scottydoesntknowSo honest question since the headline sparked it in my head.Why haven't airline companies started developing solar panels for the wings/tops of planes? You'd figure once the big ones broke cloud cover there'd be a hell of a lot of energy up there.
Solon Isonomia: What made me giggle is that the solution to regaining avionic control if both engines crap out is an automatic windmill generator or something so that the plane has sufficient electric power to operate the control surfaces. Didn't endear me to the robustness of the brand.
scottydoesntknow: So honest question since the headline sparked it in my head.Why haven't airline companies started developing solar panels for the wings/tops of planes? You'd figure once the big ones broke cloud cover there'd be a hell of a lot of energy up there. I know they have that small unmanned plane that's been flying by solar panels for a looong time (I think it set a world record), but I'm just surprised no one's actually tried to do something like that on a commercial/military plane.
SultanofSchwing: It's an Airbus, I would say the fact it actually makes it to it's destinations at all is an accomplishment.
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