Airbus Zephyr Drone Sets Record for the Longest Flight

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Airbus Zephyr Drone Sets Record for the Longest Flight

Postby Greg on Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:54 pm

Airbus’ first production model of its spy drone Zephyr HAPS successfully landed after setting a world record stint in the skies. It was Drone’s first time touching down since it took off in Arizona on July 11

The 165 pounds craft’s endurance is possible because it relies only on solar power to fly. It flies well above weather and standard air traffic which allows the drone to charge on day and night both using its solar panels. It flies much higher than average passenger jet at 70,000 feet.

Airbus Zephyr went on to beat the previous record for longest flight within earth’s atmosphere without refueling, which was 14 days set by an earlier Zephyr prototype. Later this year, the company is also planning additional flights and the company claims it will stay a lot for 100 days at a time.

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