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Part of the resurgence of the best place cialis non prescription airships in recent years has been due to where to purchase cialis research carried out with an eye toward long-duration purposes such as surveillance, imaging, and even serving as regional wireless antennas. But developments in unmanned aerial vehicles and military drones, as well as improvements in solar powered aircraft are being combined into smaller, unmanned, conventional aircraft. The advantage of high-altitude and long-term persistence that was once the buying viagra in the uk sole province of satellites is now becoming more readily available as winged drones seem poised to leap past airships.

One example is the Titan Aerospace Solara 50, which has the potential to carry up to 70 pounds (31.75 kilograms) of payload and stay aloft at an altitude of 60,000 to 70,000 feet (18.3 to 21.3 kilometers) and remain there for years. Of course, in the current security-focused environment, the initial targets for these drones will most likely be military and policing applications with their enormous budgets. But, as the technology is developed and becomes available, scientific and civilian commercial uses for these drones will come into play.

"The Solara 50 has a 50 m (164 feet) wingspan. The upper surfaces of its wings and were can i order a real viagra tail are packed with over 3,000 photovoltaic cells capable of generating up to 7 kilowatts." Titan is also developing a larger model, the Solara 60, which will be able to carry a larger payload of up to 250 pounds (113.4 kilograms). Furthermore, the Solara 60 could also provide 100 watts to the payload, enabling quite a range of equipment to be powered on board the craft.

via: ArsTechnica

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In twenty years...
written by Bryan Allen, August 23, 2013
The idea of a long-duration loiter aircraft, fixed-wing or blimp, has been "floating" around (sorry) for decades, and several prototypes have been built, by designers as esteemed as Paul MacCready (Aerovironment) and Burt Rutan (Scaled) as well as large corporations like Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. The fact that NONE of their efforts has made it to any sort of production says one thing to me: yes, it can be done, but no, it has no obvious advantage over systems already in place. The Titan Aerospace Solara effort is, I'm quite confident, yet another effort that will not progress past the prototype phase. Let's hope it gets that far!
written by Kole, August 27, 2013
Finally, a very positive use of drones!
written by LR, November 03, 2013
There have been positive (or neutral) uses for drones for a long time. They just don't get reported. For instance, they can be used for architectural photography, for real estate sales. I don't know how much search and rescue is done with drones, but the capability is implied by the drone attacks. I know some guys who built a special "drone" to chemically analyze the smoke plume coming from the Space Shuttles boosters. This must have been 20 years ago. I also know some guys who have developed a UAV (I prefer that term to drones) for scientific research. Much cheaper than a Cessna if you want to monitor a large space. I did some test flying for them. (I could take over if the software did the wrong thing.) And that's just off the top of my head.

Bryan Allen:
No advantage YET. Electronics get lighter and cheaper, and structures get lighter, and other engineering improves. Eventually, these things will be cheap enough to be obvious, at least until something better comes along. It will help when the FAA's regulations for these settle down. Currently, these regulations are a big obstacle. For instance, in the test flying I mentioned above, we were supposed to keep the UAV under 400 feet.
Atmospheric Satellites
written by Wifi, December 16, 2013
I see what you're saying, but I kind of agree with Kole. Would much rather see drones be used for scientific and information purposes than for warfare!
Power of Drones
written by Rick, January 20, 2014
Why can Drones be used as both. They protect both our environment and also those airman who have to how to get levitra do this surveillance. The drones don't require anything but a computer geek (sorry) to remotely man the aircraft. A drone is a couple million dollars (which people waste anyways) whereas a life is priceless.

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