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What were these 2 drone-pilots doing at the Battery? They explained they were drone-filming our coastline as background for a future film of a solar-powered airship. It plans to take off from East Fortune, maybe in 2022 and fly transatlantic non-stop to the USA or Canada (or thereabouts?), as a proof of concept. Manufacture is currently underway in the South of France. Project website: https://theheliosproject.org/

Incidentally, last year marked the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight from Britain to the United States. On 2 July 1919 Airship R.34 departed from East Fortune Airfield, landing on Long Island, New York 108 hours later. https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/airship/

The Helios Project should be one of the greatest adventures of the 21st. century: A journey of over 4,500 miles across the vast wilderness of the Northern Hemisphere. A wonderful dream, 12 years in the making - and it is (almost) finally here! It is expected to be:--

  • The Longest Solar-powered, Manned Flight In History
  • The First Solar-powered Aerial Crossing Of The Atlantic Westwards
  • The First Solar-powered Flight Both Transatlantic And Transcontinental
  • The First Manned Solar-powered Flight Venturing Beyond The Arctic Circle

And good luck to all who 'sail' in her.

Note to drone-users: You must comply with the CAA's guidance, see https://dronesafe.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Drone-Code_October2019.pdf  You would be wise to call the Harbour Master beforehand who can advise on safe positions, wind, weather and the presence of large groups at harbour events.

Photo by Kenny Maule.  Click <<READ MORE>> below for photo 2: the expected route.



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