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5G drones take to the skies

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 20 Sep 2019
  • Last modified 19 Sep 2019
They fly at 80,000 feet. They’re solar powered. And they beam 5G back to Earth.

On the morning of September 11th the HAWK30 drone, with its massive 260 foot wingspan, undertook its inaugural test flight from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California.

The HAWK30 is a solar-powered 5G drone – also known as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) – that could soon be sweeping through our skies, flying non-stop for six months at a time, whilst beaming 5G back to Earth. And the HAWK30 drone has the ability to fly above jet traffic at 65,000 to 80,000 feet, providing wireless services to areas where cell phone service is currently unavailable.

Read in full: 5G Radar

Image credit: Future
Journalist: Dan Oliver