17 Jul 2010

An amateur solar plane "satellite"?

Recently, Qinetic managed to keep a solar power plane aloft for 7 days using its onboard navigation to keep it over a fixed location and using solar cells to top up batteries to keep it flying at night. Could such solar powered flying devices could be used as "satellites" flying a few miles above the earth to support amateur VHF/UHF repeaters and experiments i.e. a more sophisticated version of balloon experiments?  See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10664362 .

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