Man’s ambition has always been to touch the sky and then to touch what’s beyond it. We all are aware of this quest that began so many years ago, and over the years, scientists have been busy in refining their methods and techniques. Today’s article covers one such attempt where the scientists have presented a substitute for the regular satellite.
Satellites are very costly; irrespective of their function. In order to keep in revolution, millions of dollars are needed just for one satellite from launch costs to repairs. Nonetheless, Titan Aerospace has attempted to alter the rules of satellite game by presenting a new high altitude UAV in order to trade typical satellites.
The solar powered UAV entitled Solera has an enormous wingspan of 50 meter (164 ft) and 15.5 meter (54 ft) body. Solera weighs only 159 kg (350 lbs) and is capable of generating 7kW of power in daylight with the help of 3,000 solar cells covering its body.
It is the performance of UAV that specifies the craft although its physical features are quite amazing. Solera can orbit for about five years at 104 km/h (65mph) and can reach heights of 20 km (65,000 ft).