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The famous Pentagon tech wildcards at DARPA have announced plans to move forward with a flying, full-size prototype "Vulture" strato-wingship able to cruise the upper atmosphere for 5 years without landing. The Vulture programme got underway last year with three competing industry teams carrying out development work on …


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  1. tycooon

    Save battery power!

    Looking at that video, I'm sure the plane would stay up longer if it didn't have such powerful headlight.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not just the ISPs

    $155m for Vulture II. For a moment there I thought that meant The El'Reg paper plane budget was going to eat into the beer budget...

    Or is El'Reg bidding on this US project as well? The paper plane is just a test run?

  3. Rik Silver badge

    Good work, lads

    Congrats to The Reg for getting DARPA to work on this project as if it was their own.

  4. Steve Dockery

    Dwiddly Dwiddly

    Why do these sorts of things always seem to come with generic "fuzzy guitar" background music?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother


    Do you think the music on the video is something that pentagon execs like listening to?

  6. Geoff Smith

    tech wildcards at DARPA?

    Gee Lewis, they've clearly raised their status in your opinion.

    Last week it was "noted US military bonkers-boffinry bureau, DARPA". All they needed to do was name something after your favorite mascot. We see the game now.

  7. D@v3

    nice music

    anyone know what it is

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