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Airbus Wants to Replace Satellites With High-Flying Drones

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Henry Lawrence
Jun 01, 2016 16:43
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Endurance is huge, says Del Frate, who managed the program.

It s kind of like your refrigerator, you just want to plug it in and forget it.

Airbus started working on pseudo satellites in 2008, aiming to fill the capability gap between satellites in orbit and the low-altitude, limited drones of the day.

Airbus plans to get that up to at least a month.

The Solar Impulse team says its next project will focus on a lightweight solar drone capable of remaining aloft for six months.

This isn t a concept anymore—the Zephyr S is already in production, and before long will be pinging above our heads, just like Sputnik 1.

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