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This high speed, self-driving aircraft is an affordable alternative to satellites

Swift Engineering just developed an affordable alternative to satellites.In partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center, Swift created a high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS). Basically, it’s a self-driving, highspeed aircraft that can operate autonomously at 70,000 feet. The 72-foot solar-powered aerial vehicle weighs less than 180 pounds and can safely carry up to 15 pounds. The HALE UAS will be used for upper atmosphere operations like commercial and military surveillance, monitoring, communications and security applications. Swift Engineering applauded NASA’s Earth Science Division for allowing the company to use its case studies to design HALE.“We developed a cost-efficient power and propulsion system that can withstand h...