19 Jun '18, 11am

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The Solar-Soaring UAV on display. Credit: US Navy. Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are currently developing ‘Solar-Soaring’ technology to provide the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with the ability to fly for more than 12 hours using energy from the atmosphere and sun. Solar-Soaring is the name given to a pair of endurance-enhancing technologies that help warfighters by enabling an autonomous aircraft to fly for longer periods without the need to carry extra weight in batteries. NRL Tactical Electronic Warfare Division senior aerospace engineer Dr Dan Edwards said: “One of the common complaints that we hear across industry and the warfighters is that they want aircraft to fly longer. "These techniques are portable to a lot of the programmes of record, like the small-size Raven or potentially the larger Predator, so it’s a pretty broad application spac...

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