Ordnance Survey launch a solar-powered drone that can fly for 90 days at a time

Mail Online | 2/12/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Ordnance survey has unveiled a solar-powered drone that is capable of flying for 90 days at a time without needing to come back to Earth and will be used to provide higher quality images of Earth.

It will circle at approximately 67,000 ft (20,400m) above the ground and snap images to sell to organisations and businesses.

Tests - Astigen - Vehicle - Place - End

First tests of the Astigen unmanned aerial vehicle are scheduled to take place before the end of 2019.

Ordnance Survey is the majority stakeholder in Astigen, a firm based in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Company - Factory - Home - Facebook - Aquila

The company works in the same factory that was once home to Facebook's Aquila internet drone project.

This link to Facebook, is the only connection between the two drone projects, the company claims.

Pounds - Wingspan - Feet - Metres

It weighs 330 pounds (150kg), has a wingspan of almost 130 feet (40 metres) and is controlled remotely.

Astigen says its mobility makes it far cheaper and more flexible than the alternative of using satellite imagery.

Neil - Ackroyd - Co-Founding - Director - Astigan

Neil Ackroyd, a Co-Founding Director of Astigan and Acting CEO of Ordnance Survey, said: 'Astigan is another example of OS being at the forefront of geospatial technology.

'The platform has been designed to offer major cost and efficiency advantages over traditional methods.

Company - British-made - Platform - Range

'The company has produced a unique, British-made platform which can carry a range of interchangeable...
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