Odysseus solar-powered, ultra-long endurance, autonomous aircraft readied for maiden flight

Odysseus, and other HAPS, can be utilized for a variety of tasks, from long-term climate and weather observations, to intelligence gathering and military applications. An interesting alternate use for these types of aircraft recently suggested is to assist in enhancing internet connectivity across areas of the globe currently out of range of current networks. Facebook was working on its own autonomous internet-beaming craft, called Aquila, for several years, but cancelled the program earlier this year to pursue partnerships with companies like Airbus.

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