Hong Kong media: Chinas solar powered UAV successfully flew instead of satellite reconnaissance.

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 Hong Kong media: Chinas solar powered UAV successfully flew instead of satellite reconnaissance.


According to Hong Kongs South China Morning Post on November 1, China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) announced that the UAV has a wingspan of 20 meters and a flight and cruise altitude of more than 20,000 meters.

AVIC said: The research and development work and the first flight have been completed. In addition, a large number of ground, wind tunnel and scale model tests have been carried out... This provides a solid foundation for further research and development. We will quickly turn to large, heavy and long haul solar powered UAVs.

AVIC said that due to the development of new materials, the UAVs main wing structure has only 18.9 kilograms of this incredible ultra-light weight.

AVIC did not disclose details of the test, but said it was another breakthrough after the companys 10-meter wingspan technology validation aircraft completed its long-range flight test in September. In that test, the aircraft flew autonomously for about 5 hours.

Reported that the high-altitude long-endurance UAV can replace satellites for military tasks such as reconnaissance, navigation and telecommunications transmission.

Researchers say Qixing has great potential for the civilian market in environmental monitoring, communications and maritime patrols. The leading solar UAV is Airbuss Zephyr UAV, which manufacturers call high-altitude (stratospheric) pseudosatellites. In August this year, the Zephyr UAV, with a wingspan of 25 meters and a weight of 75 kilograms, set a new long-endurance flight record at an altitude of 21,300 meters for nearly 26 days. The UAV has entered mass production with an annual output of about 30. AVICs demonstration machine with a wingspan of 20 meters was put into operation at the end of 2017 and completed in July. Reported that, in addition to AVIC, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Corporation and other Chinese institutions are also carrying out similar projects aimed at establishing a UAV-based telecommunications network. The source of this article: Reference News Editor: Ji Ke _b6492

Researchers say Qixing has great potential for the civilian market in environmental monitoring, communications and maritime patrols.

The leading solar UAV is Airbuss Zephyr UAV, which manufacturers call high-altitude (stratospheric) pseudosatellites. In August this year, the Zephyr UAV, with a wingspan of 25 meters and a weight of 75 kilograms, set a new long-endurance flight record at an altitude of 21,300 meters for nearly 26 days. The UAV has entered mass production with an annual output of about 30.

AVICs demonstration machine with a wingspan of 20 meters was put into operation at the end of 2017 and completed in July.