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China's Qimingxing-50

Published on September 14, 2022
Current Context: China successfully tested its first fully solar-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Qimingxing-50.
China's Qimingxing-50
  • Qimingxing-50 or Morning Star-50 is China's first large-size UAV that is fully powered by a solar engine.
  • Qimingxing-50 has the ability to fly uninterruptedly for months and can also function as a satellite when required.
  • With a wingspan of 50 meters, this High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone is efficient in high-altitude aerial reconnaissance and can be used in communications too.
  • Since it can comfortably fly in periods of overnight darkness, the drone will enhance China's defense.
  • Prior to China, the USA, and the UK also built a solar-powered, near-space UAV drone. The altitudinal range for these UAV drones is around 20 Km.


Q.1 Qimingxing-50 is a solar-powered UAV drone of?
a. China
b. Japan
c. North Korea
d. Vietnam

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