Promising American pseudo HALE Swift, was developed by company Swift Engineering, made its first flight. As written by Aviation Week, the test apparatus developed primarily for atmospheric research, took place on 7 July 2020 spaceport America in new Mexico and was found to be successful.
The pseudo-satellites are called drones, able to stay too long in the air without landing. Camera Swift HALE developed by request of NASA. It is designed to fly at an altitude of 15.2 — 21.3 thousand meters with a payload of up to 6.8 kilograms.
The drone has a wingspan of 21.3 meters and a maximum takeoff weight of 81.6 kg. The device is made according to the classical scheme of the aircraft of the low. His glider built using composite materials. On the upper planes of the wing and empennage of the UAV is a solar panel.
UAV design provides the possibility of disassembly and transportation in a standard 40-foot cargo container. Reassemble the apparatus, setting, and preparation for the flight takes a little less than a day.
NASA plans to use Swift HALE to conduct atmospheric research at high altitude, where the normal planes do not fly: wind, wind speed, atmospheric currents, and many others. Swift Engineering is also planning to fly Swift HALE on a commercial basis for private companies.
During the first flight to spaceport America, the developers tested the system management apparatus, maneuverability and stability. In the near future flight tests will continue. During the following tests, the developers intend to raise the unit to greater heights.
Currently, the division of the Perlan Project, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is developing the stratospheric manned Perlan 2 glider, able to fly at altitudes of up to 27 thousand meters. This unit will be used for studies of the polar vortex and its impact on weather around the globe.