Zephyr S drone may be satellite contender as Airbus sets endurance record

Dawn’s early light ON AUGUST 6th a flimsy-looking pilotless aircraft, the Zephyr S, came slowly in to land at an undisclosed location in Arizona, and was caught by a group of people jogging along beside it. The reception committee was needed because the craft, which weighs less than 75kg, lacks an undercarriage—or, indeed, anything else that would add unnecessary weight. The touchdown meant the Zephyr S had set a new flight-endurance record for a drone, of 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes. The point of doing so was to show that solar-powered aircraft of this sort can compete with satellites in the markets for Earth observation and telecommunications. This has led some people to dub them “pseudo-satellites”. The idea is that eventually they will stay aloft for months. The previous endurance record for drones, of just over 14 days, was set in 2010 by the Zephyr 7, an earlier version of this aircraft. The Zephyr 7 was developed by QinetiQ, a British defence...

Zephyr S drone may be satellite contender as Airbus sets endurance record

A drone has set an endurance record that has made headlines. Specifically, The Engineer and other sites reported it was in the air for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes. The UK-built pilotless ...

Sun 12 Aug 18 from TechXplore

A high-flying drone sets an endurance record

Thu 9 Aug 18 from The Economist

Solar-powered aircraft stays aloft for record-breaking 25 days

While Facebook and Google recently pulled the plug on their solar-powered internet drones, another company with a lot more experience is having success with the idea. Airbus announced ...

Mon 13 Aug 18 from Engadget

Airbus 'Zephyr' spy drone sets the record for longest continuous flight in Earth's atmosphere

Airbus' pioneering solar-powered drone has managed to set a world record in its maiden voyage, staying in the air for an astonishing 25 days, 23 hours and seven minutes.

Wed 8 Aug 18 from Daily Mail

Airbus’s new Zephyr aircraft makes 26-day record maiden flight

Airbus’s latest edition of Zephyr, a solar-powered aircraft-come-satellite that operates in the stratosphere, has completed a maiden flight just short of 26 days. Taking off on 11th July ...

Wed 8 Aug 18 from The Engineer

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