Is there a better way to conserve energy to build a solar aircraft that can stay up indefinitely; like the Solar Powered Pathfinder, which could stay aloft for a month at a time only forever? More like a solar powered satellite in the atmosphere. Obviously there would be tremendous value in this.I propose we add some features to the next rendition of the Pathfinder only this time we build small wires coming out of the leading edge of the wings with bent flared pieces of carbon nano-tube sheets about the sides of a quarter sheet of paper and in a shape which will cause the air to swirl violently and start an eddy vortex or mini-horizontal tornado over the wing.
Each flared piece will be coated with a heat collecting type coating, which will stay hot from the sun and thus heat the air as it creates the vortex eddy.I propose we make hundreds of these on each wing. Each unit will stick out from the front of leading edge of the wing about 16 inches and start from about one-quarter way of the top of the leading edge's camber curvature.If my calculations are correct these small units will cause the airflows to make horizontal tornadoes which will tend to "Suck" the wing area upward like a Tornado sucks in nearby airflows, trailer homes and cows as it devastates Dorthy's House?.Further I wish to give caution to put these eddy vortex induces between the wing spars not where they will cause airflows across them, as it could slow and disrupt the air over the wing. I realize this is a way out idea, but it could work and provide up to 30% more lift as various speeds where the co-efficient of drag is best suited.
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By: Lance Winslow