Solar powered drone sets a new record by flying 7 days non-stop

QinetiQ announced that their unmanned solar powered aircraft “Zephyr” has been flying for the past week.
The current goal is to fly for a further week and prove Zephyr is the world’s first truly eternal plane, capable of providing a low-cost, persistent surveillance capability over months rather than days. Potential applications include earth observation and communications relay in support of a range of defence, security and commercial requirements.

  • Ultra-lightweight, Zephyr weighs only  30 kg with a wingspan of up to 18 metres
  • Launched by hand
  • Powered by solar batteries recharged during the day
  • Currently holds the record for the longest duration unmanned flight
  • The aircraft achieved a 54-hour flight, reaching an altitude of 58,355 feet in September 2007

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