Alliance Lp Drones Ltd., specialists in the design, development and manufacturing of solar unmanned atmospheric platforms, has unveiled visuals of their latest platform, the SolarMaster Atmospheric Satellite System.
Since 2013, Alliance has completed the design and system architecture for a number of new Unmanned Atmospheric Satellite Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. These systems are capable of replacing low orbit satellites at a fraction of the cost and provide communications over remote areas by using laser arrays to transfer bandwidth, such as data/voice communication and internet services. The platforms will operate at altitudes between 65,000 ft (20 km) to 80,000 (24 km) for up to five years if required; other significant advantages of these systems will be the ability to remain geostationary for extended periods of time near earth facilitating all technical, maintenance and logistical operations.
Main applications for the Hermes, SolarMax and SolarMaster Atmospheric Satellite UAVs will include extreme endurance communication relays, internet and cellular network coverage, weather monitoring and persistent border and perimeter security patrols.
At present, Alliance has completed the development of the first two Hermes prototypes: H-1 (wind tunnel aerodynamic elasticity testing composite model) and H-2 (dynamic model for field flight testing). Alliance is now in the process to start manufacturing H-3 prototype for further testing; the next step will be to begin modular assembly of the full scale platform measuring a total wingspan of 63 meters (200 ft).