It's a bird, it's a plane

Norman-based Design Intelligence Inc. turned heads at the recent Paris Air Show, unveiling a new solar-optimized unmanned aerial vehicle.

Partnered with MicroLink Devices Inc. in Illinois, the company has refined the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, with enhanced portability and extended power. Company President James Grimsley says the device is positioned in the market for a wide range of nonmilitary applications. He said the overall design effort was nearly the equivalent of starting from scratch.

The company has research and production facilities in Norman and Stillwater.

The Eturnas UAV weighs less than 9 pounds while using a reconfigurable solar wing design. The design allows use for so-called long-loiter, slow-speed surveillance or quicker flight tasks.

The device has more than three times the endurance of most battery-powered UAVs.

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