New drone can fly continuously for five years

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Using the energy from the sun, the makers of a new drone are promising that it can fly continuously for five years.

Dubbed “atmospheric satellites,” the Solara unmanned aerial system would enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct “live-mapping and [the] monitoring narcotics trafficking” from altitudes high above the Earth, reports CBS Las Vegas.

The aircraft, made by aerospace company Titan Aerospace, can fly 65,000 feet high, cruise at speeds of 65 mph, and have an operating range of 2.8 million miles — enough to circumnavigate the globe over 112 times.

It could also help deliver 4G mobile phone service to disaster areas, monitor crops and the weather.

According to Forbes, the Solara would cost around $2 million per aircraft.

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