Boeing SolarEagle

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SolarEagle
Role High Altitude, Long Endurance Unmanned aerial vehicle
National origin United States
Manufacturer Boeing
Status In development

The Boeing SolarEagle (Vulture II) is a High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle solar-electric spy plane developed by Boeing Phantom Works.[1]

It will remain airborne for five years at a time without needing to land. It has a wingspan of 120m, and will begin testing in 2014.[2] It has 20 motors of the same type as the Qinetiq Zephyr designed by Newcastle University. DARPA is funding $90 million for the project with Boeing paying the rest.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haddox, Chris. "SolarEagle (Vulture II) Backgrounder" Boeing Phantom Works, September 2010. Retrieved: 18 October 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/drones/3
  3. ^ "The pilotless plane that can stay in the air for years". 27 July 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012.