A NASA-led engineering team announced on Oct. 9 that it has flown a lightweight, remote-controlled aircraft that receives power in flight from a ground-based laser. Theoretically, such a plane would never have to land for refueling. Such drones may someday serve as cheap alternatives to satellites for applications ranging from military surveillance to telecommunications (SN: 8/23/03, p. 125: Available to subscribers at High-flying wing destroyed in crash).
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