A Novel Control Surface “Auxiron” to Optimize Solar Power Collection of Solar Aircraft

Non-Confidential description of the invention

Invention is a Solar energy maximizer control surface technology named “Auxiron”.The collection of solar power largely depends upon the orientation of solar cells with respect to the incidental solar rays. The new control surface ‘auxiron’ is installed on the aircraft that has a primary goal to produce side-force without much affecting the moments acting on the aircraft. This invention allows a solar powered aircraft to collect more solar power without any additional solar cells. Ultimately this invention improves the performance of a solar powered aircraft. In existing solar aircrafts, other kind of attempts have been made to enhance their performance like, weight reduction, installation of higher efficiency solar cells and improvement in the aerodynamics, but no any attempt has been made in the past to fly in a straight path with a roll angle with proposed additional control surface.


Mr. Vijay Shankar Dwivedi (Student, AE), Dr. A. K. Ghosh (AE), Dr. G. M. Kamath (AE)



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