DENVER – Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (SFUAS), a former subsidiary of Bye Aerospace, has begun initial production of the Silent Falcon remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to fill its first commercial orders.
“Silent Falcon is the first solar-electric aircraft to enter commercial production,” noted John Brown, president of SFUAS.
The patent-pending Silent Falcon is a solar-electric, all composite, modular small RPA with an interchangeable wing configuration designed for commercial, public safety and defense applications. The 30-pound RPA has a flight endurance of more than eight hours, according to company officials, because of its solar electric hybrid propulsion, aerodynamic design, and lightweight composite construction.
In 2012 SFUAS selected Ascent Solar Technologies to be a development partner and provide the solar cells on the Silent Falcon wings.