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  1. Boeing Files Patent Application For ‘Solar Powered Airplane’

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    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.