Company developing a solar-powered drone
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.
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.