The Coventry-based MTC is playing a major role in a ground-breaking project
The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre is playing a major role in a ground-breaking project to develop the world's first unmanned variable buoyancy-powered ultra-long endurance aircraft.
The autonomously-controlled Phoenix aircraft has undergone successful test flights and has the potential to take the lead in the world development of pseudo-satellites.
Pseudo-satellites are able to fly, remotely-controlled or autonomously, at very high altitudes for long periods of time - often months. The can fly above commercial aircraft routes and above turbulence and moisture. They complement conventional satellites and can be used for earth-mapping, scientific observation and intelligence gathering.
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