Vulture to circle for years
April 30, 2008 9:06 AM Subscribe
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DARPA has announced the contractors for their "Vulture" UAV system. The plan is to build an aircraft that can stay aloft, uninterrupted, for five years.This article
discusses some of the technical challenges. For comparison, Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk
has a maximum endurance of only forty hours.
Similar aircraft have been explored before, most notably with NASA's Helios
, which was lost in a crash
for the program is a little understated.