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Luminati Aerospace tests solar-powered prototype aircraft

A test pilot successfully flew a solar-powered prototype aircraft on Friday for a company that envisions manufacturing a fleet of drones to provide aerial internet service for an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.


June 15, 2016
By The Associated Press

The test flight by Luminati Aerospace LLC took place at a former Northrop Grumman defence plant on eastern Long Island that once made military aircraft. Speakers at a ceremony before the flight recalled that Charles Lindberg took off for his historic 1927 solo flight to Paris from an air strip in nearby Nassau County, and others noted that the spacecraft that landed men on the moon was built in the Long Island suburbs east of New York City.

“This is a dream come true,” Luminati founder and CEO Daniel Preston said. “Long Island is known as the Cradle of Aviation, and we want to do our part to keep it here where it belongs.” | READ MORE