31 Dec '13, 9pm

Introducing Solara, the Atmospheric Satellite

Introducing Solara, the Atmospheric Satellite

The Solaras and their ilk are sometimes called atmospheric satellites, because they could do many jobs that satellites do, including delivering broadband service and taking pictures from on high. But unlike stationary orbiters, these planes could be retrieved, upgraded, and reused. And because they could be bought and operated for a fraction of a satellite’s cost, they could take on other missions, such as patrolling national borders, monitoring the ozone layer, and expanding cellular coverage. The Solara 50 could be the first commercial product to provide these services.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/introducing-s...

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