May 2, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
It was reported in a recent Plane and Pilot Magazine article that UAVs will be integrated into the national air space system in 2015, adding new jobs and $13.6 billion into the economy. But what do these UAVs do?
Probably the most talked about UAV is one that is currently in development by Google and Titan Aerospace. Google acquired the New Mexico based company on April 14th 2014. They plan to develop The Solara 50 UAV.
The Solara 50 is truly an amazing aircraft, or what Titan Aerospace refers to as an atmospheric satellite. But unlike a satellite, this UAV can take on many missions and has limitless applications. The Solara 50 will have a 50m wingspan and be powered by one propeller that gets its energy from a solar-charged 6.7hp electric motor. Solar panels covering the entire length of the wing, rudder and elevator, charge the motor with zero fuel needed and produce zero emissions. This UAV can fly at 65,000 feet, and without the use of fuel, it can stay up for five years. With its capabilities it can be used for:
- A voice and data “cell-tower-in-the-sky”
- Earth Mapping
- Crop Monitoring
- Search and Rescue
- Weather Monitoring
- Atmospheric Monitoring
- Border Patrol Monitoring
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) says that UAVs will create 100,000 new jobs in manufacturing, sales, maintenance, operation and support with an impact of $82 billion to the economy by 2025.