CEO: Lewis Redford
Year founded: 2006
Solar Ship Inc. builds aircraft called solarships to service remote areas, most of which have no roads. The solarship is a hybrid aircraft, gaining lift from both buoyant gas and aerodynamics. Its wing-ship design allows for extreme short takeoff and landing (XSTOL), such as in a soccer field. Its design provides a large surface area for solar electric power, allowing long, self-sufficient range. A solarship does not need to be solar powered and can be powered by traditional combustion. However, the goal is to develop a new mode of transportation that does not depend on fossil fuels, roads or runways. The solarship can access areas where planes, trucks, ships and airships cannot, delivering cargo to the places that are currently cut off from the benefits of the connected world. Each aircraft is designed and built to the requirements of a mission. Currently, there are three initial missions with specific requirements.