Actually I never thought about a civilian version, but there should be plenty of usages for it. Communications, monitoring of traffic or (possible) forest fires, collecting weather data or patrolling sea borders to secure from illegal fishing, or waste dumping. Another military use could be submarine detection and ASW. It's main advantage, especially if equipped with solar panels (or even a small wind charger) it could stay in the air for extended periods working autonomously.
haha, are you kidding? I wish I could portray some of my ideas as convincingly as you do. You've always brought a lot of real world believability into your designs. I'd honestly assume you are actually a defense systems designer or something haha.
defense system designer?! Haha, I am biologist fiddling with sketchup in my spare time. But thanks for the kind words and I am happy to hear my stuff and intention of believability works out. Still love your style and think you're a amazing designer/concept artist. Dig your Blog btw. Now enough with the praising