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The Vulture UAV is a future Boeing design for a long endurance, high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle. Designed for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Vulture will be able to stay in the air for 5 years, turning in lazy circles, above any area that needs constant observation. Its day and night cameras (each with a 600-mile swath) will send information back to ground bases. The drone will also be made of semi-flexible materials that will bend with the air instead of moving with it. At day, the Vulture will be powered by sunlight through solar panels and by batteries at night.
The initial US$89 million contract award was made to Boeing on September 14, 2010. On April 18, 2012, DARPA descoped the flight vehicle construction and flight test portion of the project, designating the remaining $13.7M for technology risk reduction on photovoltaics and solid fuel cells.
- Crew: None
- Weight: Empty Configuration: Unknown, Payload: 1000 lbs.
- Wingspan: 400-foot wing
- Endurance: 5 years
- Service Ceiling: 65,000 feet
- "DARPA’s Vulture: What Goes Up, Needn’t Come Down". Defense Industry Daily, LLC. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
- "Boeing Wins Bid Build Solar Plane Flies Five Yars End". Australian Media Properties, "Australian Popular Science, 2010-09-17
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