The satellites in Earth's orbit are more than 50 years old, so it is high time that they went into retirement and were replaced with new designs that boast younger, more robust technology such as the Lockheed Martin HALE-D (High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator). Lighter than most air vehicles out there, it won't need to be manned by anyone. By harnessing the power of the sun, it will act as a surveillance platform, telecommunications dispatcher or an observer of weather conditions. It will also keep an eye on battle zones.
Though the Lockheed Martin HALE-D will be able to perform a lot of everyday tasks that effect the majority of the population, it will prove invaluable to military operations and personnel.
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