V0 Substrata

EPCAL delay diverts Luminati VTOL to upstate landing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An aerospace company looking to make a splash in the emerging field of solar-powered flight has reached back through the decades to power up an ambitious new division. Over the last year, Calverton-based Luminati Aerospace has gobbled up entire helicopter-manufacturing firms, and key assets from several other rotor-based companies, including Gyrodyne LLC (formerly Gyrodyne Company of America) and Rotor Flight Dynamics. These acquisitions of companies, designs and manufacturing rights are the…


Perpetual flight, endless optimism at Luminati

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Bodies in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion file comes Luminati Aerospace, which has achieved what it’s calling “perpetual stratospheric flight.” According to the Calverton-based company, a “groundbreaking in-flight experiment” and two years of subsequent data-crunching prove “perpetual stratospheric flight by means of fully automated vortex-seeking formation flight” is possible. In English: The startup aerospace company’s solar-powered planes can stay aloft virtually forever – a potentially ginormous breakthrough that…


A small ship, and the sun to steer her by

By GREGORY ZELLER // Soaring high above the South Shore and numerous New York City landmarks, the V0 Substrata this weekend made its most ambitious, most adventurous series of flights – a flashy shakedown cruise that also generated critical data for Luminati Aerospace. Just one week after the 27-horsepower “motorglider,” the first plane developed and manufactured on Long Island since the Grumman Aerospace Corp. pulled out 22 years ago, made its public debut with a…


Luminati to debut made-on-LI solar plane

The first aircraft to be designed and built in Calverton since Grumman Aerospace Corp. went wheels-up more than 22 years ago is scheduled to make its public debut Friday. The V0 Substrata – a piloted, single-seat electric “motorglider” – is expected to perform flight demonstrations after an official unveiling at Luminati Aerospace’s headquarters, the former Grumman Naval Base test facility in Calverton. In 2015, Luminati Aerospace moved in and announced a $50 million investment to…