Com­pany de­vel­op­ing a so­lar-pow­ered drone

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

can take full ad­van­tage of its so­lar cells. As long as the so­lar power sys­tem works well, the air­craft can stay in the air as long as the con­trollers wish.

Ma said the in­sti­tute plans to de­velop a se­ries of so­lar­pow­ered drones based on the first de­sign. Fu­ture mod­els will be larger and be ca­pa­ble stay­ing air­borne for a month, he said.

The China Academy of Aero­space Aero­dy­nam­ics in Bei­jing has also de­vel­oped a large so­lar-pow­ered drone and is flight-test­ing it.

The United States and United King­dom have al­ready de­vel­oped so­lar-pow­ered drones ca­pa­ble of fly­ing as high as 20,000 me­ters. The al­ti­tude record for such air­craft — 29,524 me­ters — was set by the He­lios Pro­to­type de­vel­oped by AeroViron­ment Inc in Cal­i­for­nia, in Au­gust 2001.

WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

A Chi­nese ma­gi­cian per­forms for di­plo­matic en­voys from the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions in Bei­jing on Thurs­day. A range of events, in­clud­ing a photo ex­hi­bi­tion and a per­for­mance fea­tur­ing China’s in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage, were held to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of ASEAN.

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