Early development model 1:200 scale illustrating the vast solar array, as compared to her small frontal area.
Without pioneers technology would stand still. We'd not have air travel for sure, if not for a brave few pushing forward the frontiers amid a hail of skeptics. Pioneers such as the Wright Brothers 1903, Bleriot 1909 and Lindbergh 1927 (Atlantic) confounded the world, with Charles Kingford Smith 1928, crossing the Pacific and Amy Johnson setting a solo record from London to Darwin in May 1930, as Kingsford completed his world circumnavigation in June 1930.
Naysayers firmly in mind, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation consider it may be useful to anyone curious as to just how rapid a Transatlantic transit might be using only energy from nature, to plan a potential route (or two) for the Elizabeth Swan, such that if deemed a sporting challenge and the opportunity presents to dispel negativism as to the potential for future marine transport, that we have plans in place to demonstrate the technology in action - and a consortium of able experts to put such thoughts into action. We are thus forming an able group and actively seeking development and funding partners internationally.
If we can set a new solar powered water speed record across the Atlantic, while adding to our knowledge of wind powered hybrids working in concert with photovoltaic panels - to add a little sparkle - to the engineering challenge. Wind is of course solar power, created as energy from the sun is dissipated by convention currents from the equator to the poles. So long as it is converted to electricity for autonomous energy harvesting, that constitutes solar power.
But before this stage should be contemplated, a Channel crossing is a good idea to gain a bit of hands-on experience.
Very different designs, Catamaran Vs Trimaran frontal area comparison, with the Swiss boat having more to push through the air. The PlanetSolar also has increased wave drag from the central 'V' hull in rough seas. The Swann seeks to avoid as much wave drag as possible by raising the cabin and deck areas higher. The Swann is a longer boat, making it potentially the largest solar boat ever built as @ 5 Oct 2020. PlanetSolar has no wind turbine to capture additional solar energy, a missed opportunity, but then that is why R&D hails innovation.
TRANSATLANTIC RECORD APRIL 25 - 18 MAY 2013
The current solar Atlantic record is held by MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, a catamaran that left from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, on April 25, 2013, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling at a speed of 5.3 knots before it reached Marigot, St Martin, in the French West Indies on May 18, 2013. Despite several consecutive days of cloudiness the boat reached its destination in 22 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes - four days shorter than 2010. The PlanetSolar previously held this record with a time of 26 days 19 hr 10 min.
CAD DIAGRAM: The Elizabeth Swann is shown here with a wave piercing hull. She is of trimaran configuration with active outrigger hulls (or sponsons) that allow the vessel to trim for very efficient running. She has solar wings that fold for storms and track the sun, and a wind turbine on a mast, that can be raised and lowered and furled in high winds. For a record attempt we need a sunny day and high winds.
PIONEERS - Louis Bleriot crossed the channel in 1909 from Calais to Dover. His flight took just over 30 minutes to cover the 24-mile distance. The Bleriot XI shares similar design qualities to the Elizabeth Swann, in being simple and light, including the cross bracing of the triangular tubed spaceframe that joins the front and rear cabins. Passenger variations of the Swann would feature a box-girder design to allow generous seating.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS - An even bigger challenge beckoned in the Atlantic. Between May 20-21 1927, Charles Lindbergh completed the first non-stop flight across the Pond, from Long Island, New York, to Le Bourget, near Paris. His flight was sponsored by a group of businessmen in St. Louis, Missouri.
Wilbur and Orville Wright proved all the skeptics wrong with their Flyer I in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA.
Amy Johnson 1930 woman solo flight, London to Darwin - True Grit!
Charles Kingsford-Smith 1928, 1st Trans-Pacific flight
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