Why China’s first solar-powered, semi-satellite drone is a big deal

In a big step toward green development, China has built its first solar-powered large unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone successfully carried out its maiden flight on Saturday. It took off from an airport in Yulin, northwest China’s Shaanxi province and landed smoothly after 26 minutes airborne with all systems operating normally, according to a report in state-run Global Times. How does the drone use solar energy? The Qimingxing-50 (Morning Star) is the country’s first major unmanned aerial vehicle platform that is all-electric and solely powered by solar energy. It is also the first high-altitude, low-speed drone with an ultrahigh aspect ratio … Continue reading Why China’s first solar-powered, semi-satellite drone is a big deal