12. Mai 2020
A new approach on climate change research. The aircraft is capable of flying at least 168 hours in an altitude of over 22 kilometers in a range with a radius of 5 kilometers while carrying a payload of at least 30 kilograms
The operating of jet planes and airships flying in high altitude is rather costly, and their operating times are highly limited, while the movement of meteorological balloon systems is uncontrollable, thus they are not suitable for such tasks. Shark Airship Shuttle is the mixture of a traditional airship and an airplane. It is capable of hovering as an airship and also capable of gliding by decreasing the buoyancy. The fuel is provided by hydrogen, which also provides the buoyancy. Both the burning of the hydrogen and the water that is produced in the process as a byproduct decrease the buoyancy, which creates kinetic energy. The craft can glide using this, when it is required by the wind situation, so that the craft can hold its position in the appointed range. Following this, the water can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen using the electricity produced with the help of the solar cells, restoring the buoyancy. Furthermore, the Shark system is equipped with a water collecting membrane, which is capable of distracting the low water content of the atmosphere, or even higher amounts from the stratosphere, this way making up for the water loss gap between the burning and the electrolysis.
It makes it possible to observe storms from a local position, dispensing of Wi-Fi signal, as well as the concentrated, long-term surveillance of the ozone layer.
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