The Stratobus Earth Drone Looks to Ensure Security Down Below

 - Mar 21, 2014
References: thalesgroup & wired
The StratoBus is an earth-watching dirigible drone that will watch our planet from 13 miles high. This drone-satellite hybrid out of France was crafted to be the size of a football field and made up of carbon fiber.

The high-flying drone floats to the lower stratosphere at an altitude of 13 miles, which developers feel is a perfect position to enable a range of functions that include surveillance, border security monitoring, facilitating navigation and communications reinforcement. All of these functions will be performed from a stationary position with the help of just two self-adjusting electric motors. The ingenious drone is constructed with state-of-the-art solar power systems with panels that rotate, maximizing sun access and coupled with a power amplification system to handle potential surges in any given atmospheric area.

The StratoBus is built to endure year-long missions with a lifespan of five years and is a remarkable advancement in space navigation.