“Atmospheric satellites” poised to enter market

The number of potential beneficial uses for unmanned aircraft continues to grow.  At a fraction of the cost of a satellite in orbit, these aircraft can be used for months at a time to provide weather and atmospheric monitoring, aerial photography, and communications relay.

The technology is just starting to mature to the point where they can be really useful and reliable; I pray the FAA is considering this kind of aircraft as they continue to draft UAV rules.

Courtesy IEEE Spectrum

Introducing Solara, the Atmospheric Satellite | IEEE Spectrum

 

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