In BEAM robotics
, a flier
is an aero
that functions in an atmospheric environment. They possess a driven mode of locomotion through and/or supported by the atmosphere
. Fliers include various designs, but usually lie within a device class that can be delineated as aircraft
, which includes any vehicle designed to move through the air (aerodynes or aerostats
One idea for a solar powered blimp is to use the principle of the Solar balloon, and a standard photopopper circuit.
- Helicopter : Powered rotor provides both lift and propulsion; Ultilizes differential thrust to hop toward brighter areas (aka. "Hoppers")
- Plane : Aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; Usually powered via non-solar power source (such as pneumatic or battery); Solar power for control.
- Blimp : Aircraft that has neutrally-buoyant balloon for lift; Solar power for control and propulsion.