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The AeroLensCraft is an experimental program to develop a hybrid air vehicle designed for very long endurance at high altitudes. It is intended to bridge the gap between high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellites for surveillance operations.

The system combines buoyancy with aerodynamic lift to optimize performance. It is powered by solar energy, which is stored overnight to power propulsion, electronic and communications systems. It uses an...

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