Storm-600, World’s First Unmanned Solar Powered Flying Boat built at SPbPU University

A group of young engineers from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in Russia has designed and constructed the first unmanned flying boat in the world. They named this unmanned vehicle “Storm-600”. Storm-600 is a self-drifting boat & is powered by solar panels.

The engineers will test the first prototype this summer on the Neva River near St. Petersburg. Storm-600 can be used as water patrols, to conduct search and rescue operations, and to deliver cargo. The Group believes that their small and unmanned boat prototype is capable of reaching as high speed as 200 km/h (124 mph) & already has plans to reach 300 km/h (186 mph). 

Due to its high speed, it can be categorized as a ground-effect vehicle (GEV) or wing-in-ground-effect vehicle. GEV is a vehicle that is designed to attain sustained flight over a level surface (usually over the sea) by making use of the ground effect. For fixed-wing vehicles, ground effect is the increased lift and decreased aerodynamic drag that a vehicle’s wings generate when they are close to a fixed surface such as water surface

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