Solar Drones – reaching for the skies!

Solar Drones – reaching for the skies!

December 30, 2015 |

SunPort recently partnered with Drone pilot Jon Casey of HighWind FPV to fly the world’s first 100% solar-charged drone during CES 2016 at the Xtreme Drone Circuit for XDC_2. Drone racing is quickly developing into a worldwide sport with organized competitions, and we can expect that it’s only going to get bigger. We recently had a chance to sit down and chat with the Canadian Drone Nationals Champion, Jon Casey, to talk about this journey to flight.

“I’ve been wanting to go to CES for the last 10 years. Now, not only will I be flying at XDC_2, but I also get to partner with you all,” said Jon. He will be charging his drone and equipment using SunJoule 100% solar power and helping introduce SunPort to this exciting new sport. Jon has operated planes and multirotors for several years after being wheelchair bound from a severe foot fracture and was inspired by Flite Test. It was through this injury that he was motivated to take flight.

Artist's Rendering of Jon's Drone

artist’s rendering of Jon’s new drone canopy

Since then, and fully recovered, Jon took 1st place at the “Fatshark Frenzy” Canadian Drone Nationals in August, one of the first and the largest organized drone races in the world. So what’s next for Jon? After CES 2016, Jon is hopeful that he will qualify for the first ‘World Drone Prix’ in Dubai in March which organizers say will be the world’s biggest drone race with a grand prize of $1 million.

Watch Jon talk about drone racing and other who have inspired him in a just published video interview by AirVuz.