Boeing Files Patent Application For ‘Solar Powered Airplane’

Boeing (USPTO)

Boeing (USPTO)

Boeing apparently wants to join Google and Facebook when it comes to developing solar airplanes as the company recently filed a patent application entitled “Solar Powered Airplane.”

Essentially, Boeing is looking to develop a wing-shaped drone that is capable of flying at high altitudes for extended periods of time.

Of course, the wing-shaped drone would be covered in solar panels in order to provide long-distance communications for example, possibly replacing satellites in the future.

Funny enough, the solar-powered airplane won’t really resemble an airplane at all because of the large amount of surface area it needs to generate enough power to stay in the air for a long time.

Stay tuned for updates.

Marshall Smith

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