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NASA's Helios prototype spans new heights


June 4, 2004

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It has a wingspan longer than a Boeing 747, weighs less than 900 kg, incorporates 14 solar-powered propellers and it's the highest flying propeller-powered aircraft in the world. With its soaring profile and radical "flying wing" design, NASA's Helios prototype is set to revolutionise air-based communications platforms, the placement of low orbit satellites and even unmanned flights in the Martian atmosphere.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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