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Record-Breaking Airbus Zephyr S

 

Zephyr S was airborne for more than three weeks, a new record for continuous flight. Photo: Airbus

The Airbus Zephyr S unmanned Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite has remained airborne for over 25 days, breaking the previous 14-day record for continuous flight set by a previous Zephyr prototype aircraft in 2010.

Zephyr runs on solar power and is designed to provide persistent surveillance and communications relay capabilities.

The record flight was supported by the UK government. The UK Ministry of Defence is the first Zephyr S customer for what Airbus calls an “innovative and potentially game changing capability”.

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