Past Tuesday, Boeing Phantom Works, Boeings secretive design department, announced a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Its function is to refuel jets mid-air in order to enlarge the range of combat aircraft of the US Navy.
The Airbus Zephyr is a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV that runs solely on solar power and holds multiple records in this field. Its purpose is to provide a cheap and eco-friendly alternative for local satellite-like services. Flying at an altitude of 20km, the Zephyr is able to provide a high-resolution imagery to an area of over 1,000km2.