SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) will carry out the first flight of the scaled-down model of the High Altitude Platform (HAP) in May this year that will fly up to 3 km,(9842ft) and will act as a technology demonstrator for the bigger HAP the company plans to develop.
A fully-fledged HAP will be able to fly up to 18-20km (65616ft) which NAL claims can be used by the local civilian agency to establish emergency communication systems in disaster-hit areas, to check pollution, and to map development activities in the area. HAP can also be used by security agencies to keep a tight vigil at borders and prevent infiltrations and smuggling.
Solar-powered HAP can stay up in the air for months at a time and can be used as Low Altitude Pseudo satellite in areas where terrain often limits coverage of transmission and communications through ground-based networks.
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