CHINA - Solar-Powered Craft Reaches 20,000 Meters High

Arno Froese

China’s largest and most advanced solar-powered unmanned aircraft has set a domestic record for flight ceiling by reaching an altitude of over 20,000 meters, according to its designer.

The Caihong, or Rainbow, solar-powered drone, developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, set the record during a test flight at an unidentified airport in Northwest China.

The drone took off in the morning and flew back to the airport late at night. It will take several years for designers and engineers to improve and test the aircraft before it is delivered to users.

The aircraft is able to fly above a large area and features flexibility and good economy. Future improvements will enable it to remain aloft several months or even several years. Potential buyers mainly will be government departments and companies involved in communications, internet, Earth observation, emergency response and marine survey and inspection.

Previously, the US and United Kingdom developed solar-powered drones capable of flying as high as 20,000 m. The altitude record for a solar-powered drone, 29,524 m, was made by the US Helios Prototype, developed by AeroVironment Inc in California, in August 2001., 2 June 2017

Arno's commentary

We continue to watch communist China and her amazing achievements, which seem to come out almost weekly. This is a large country (about 9.6 mil. km² or 3.7 mil. mi²/US 9.8 mil. km² or 3.8 mil. mi²), with a population of 1.373 billion people (the USA is 324 million).

Communist China is now the world’s largest economy by purchasing power parity, according to the IMF. Over the past 30 years, the nation has continued to have the fastest rate of economic growth. She has become the world’s largest exporter and the world’s fastest growing consumer market. She is also the second largest importer of goods in the world.

Why are we highlighting communist China? Simply to show that there is a change going on, and it can be summarized with one word: globalism. Based on prophetic Scripture, the world must unite. In order to do so, economic equality must be reached to a certain extent. Below is a list from Wikipedia showing the world’s ten fastest-growing economies during the last 40 years, besides China:
• Nigeria – 8.5%
• India – 8.0%
• Iraq – 7.7%
• Bangladesh – 7.5%
• Vietnam – 7.5%
• Philippines – 7.3%
• Mongolia – 6.9%
• Indonesia – 6.8%
• Sri Lanka – 6.6%
• Egypt – 6.4%

Outside Egypt and Nigeria (Africa), these nations are mainly located in Asia, the part of the world that not long ago was considered forlorn, “third world,” with little hope of mentionable economic growth. That has all changed.

Our world is subject to the god of this world, and he—also called Satan—is attempting to produce a peaceful, global society, with security and prosperity for all. And that is being accomplished through global economy. Today, the merchandisers are the kings.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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