Help Kickstart the Volta Flyer project, a DIY science kit packaged with all the prefabricated components necessary to build and fly the solar-powered airplane. The Volta Flyer uses a thin-film amorphous silicon solar “panel-on-wing” design technology and unique power management system to power flights without batteries. By assembling and flying the Volta Flyer, kids discover the world of aeronautics, solar energy, mechanical engineering, and electronics – all through the timeless excitement of achieving flight.
“We’re extremely excited to announce the Volta Flyer via a Kickstarter campaign,” said Tim Curley, ToyLabs’ Founder. “Following the success of our first product, the Volta Racer, we wanted to take science education to new heights – literally. Our goal with the Volta Flyer is to spark the imagination of kids by engaging them in hands-on STEM experiments in flight and clean energy that really brings science learning to life.”
Using an extremely lightweight and efficient amorphous silicon solar panel built on a flexible polymer substrate allows the Flyer to harness the sun’s energy from numerous angles and eliminates the need for batteries. Point the solar panel towards the sun for 90 seconds and then hand-launch the Flyer into the air with a flip of a button to initiate propulsion. Depending on weather conditions, the Flyer achieves about 30 seconds of flight time on average (longer with good thermals). The Volta Flyer employs robust super-lightweight, eco-friendly materials to enable repeated use and hours of outdoor fun. Kids young and old can assemble the Volta Flyer in as little as 20 minutes without the use of special tools or glues.
“The Volta Flyer promotes learning-by-doing, encouraging kids to build technology-based science projects that take them outdoors to engage in the physical world through active play and discovery,” Curley added. “With the Volta Flyer, kids gain confidence when exploring science hands-on – which often inspires them to explore STEM subjects further.”