The North American aerospace company Skydweller has developed a drone for the Pentagon that can stay in the air for a whole year. The U.S. Navy has allocated $14 million USD for survey work on the design of the aircraft.
According to CEO R. Miller, the Skydweller has solar panels mounted on the wings of the drone. This allows it to stay in the air for a year. In the future, the company plans to introduce a carbon–neutral drone. The current Skydweller has every chance of becoming the planet’s first commercial “pseudo–satellite.
Pseudo–satellites” are commonly understood as aircraft capable of remaining in the air for a long time. “Pseudosatellites” perform the functions of real satellite vehicles. At the same time they do not turn into space garbage, because they can return to Earth at any moment.