Monday, September 20, 2010

Boeing Spy Plane Can Stay Airborne for 5 Years...?

Boeing won a 89 million dollar contract from DARPA's Vulture II Program with its spyplane development wing, SolarEagle, that is designed to fly continuously for 5 years at 65,000 feet. As the winner, they have to develop a plane that is able to fly for one or three months by the year 2014...
The plane will harvest solar energy throughout the day, storing energy inside fuel cells that will be drained overnight. It comes equipped with efficient electric motors, according to a Boeing news release. Boeing says the SolarEagle will carry a 1,000-pound payload — not enough to hoist a bomb to the stratosphere, but plenty to carry a suite of surveillance equipment.

via popsci

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