Unmanned solar plane Airbus lands after almost 26 days’ flight

Aug

12

2018

Airbus’ solar plane Zephyr S HAPS has broken the record of the longest flight so far. The plane made its landing after 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes in the air.

The unmanned Zephyr S HAPS, in which HAPS stands for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite, rose on 11 July in the US Arizona and made a successful landing earlier this week, reports Airbus. The previous record was also in the name of Airbus.

A prototype of Zephyr managed to stay in the air for a couple of years ago. The new duration record of the production model confirms, according to the manufacturer, that the system can be used. Airbus wants to focus on both commercial and military applications. The company mentions border monitoring and monitoring of the earth in emergencies, such as forest fires or oil spills.

Zephyr S HAPS is a fully solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that flies at a height of 21 kilometers. The aircraft has a wingspan of 25 meters and a weight of 75 kilograms. Airbus has a second model under development, the Zephyr T, which is larger with a wingspan of 33 meters, and with a weight of 140 kilograms also heavier. This must be able to carry heavier loads.

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