Glider as UAV
One solution Jones' group at the Naval Postgraduate School has come up with is a glider UAV that is designed to search out, and find, thermals that it can use to stay aloft for hours at a time with no propulsion.
Such a glider would need to have some batteries on board to run its electronics, but the military is also experimenting with very thin-film solar panels that provide enough power. This project was started by a Naval Postgraduate School student, but now the Department of Defense is interested in pursuing it for actual field work.
June 21, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
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