A solar-powered airship

The Solar Ship is a hybrid airship, gaining lift from both buoyant gas and aerodynamics. Its wing-ship design allows for short take-off and landing. This design also provides a large surface area for solar electric power, allowing long, self-sufficient range. The result is transportation without depending on things that often aren’t available in remote areas – fossil fuels, roads, or runways.

Solar Ship has now built and successfully flown its first airship.


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

2 thoughts on “A solar-powered airship

  • October 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    You should take a look at my 1980s novel SONGS FROM THE STARS, in which you will find the design for what I call the Solar Eagle, much the same thing as the Solar Ship, but as personal transportation more like an aerial motorcycle/bicycle, which allows for certain additional refinements.
    Same inflated lift-wing with solar cells on top powering a propeller, but the prop can also be powered by pedaling at night or on badly cloudy days

  • October 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    You should ask them for your royalties, Norman.

    Prob. get the same answer Arthur C Clarke got when he approached the satellite manufacturers, though, sadly.

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