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A solar-powered plane has broken its own record for the longest unmanned flight

The solar-powered Airbus Zephyr S has broken its own record. The unmanned solar plane has been in the air for 26 days without interruption.

The unmanned Airbus Zephyr S has broken its own record. The drone has been in the air continuously for 26 days.

Like BBC reports, flight data shows that the Zephyr has already flown from the United States to Belize and back. Already in 2018, he has a solar powered plane record set for the longest drone flight.

Solar plane: Airbus Zephyr S never needs to refuel

The Airbus Zephyr S is powered by solar energy. Additional onboard batteries will keep the aircraft in the air at night. This means they don’t have to take breaks to refuel.

The goal is to demonstrate the aircraft’s energy storage capacity, battery life and solar panel efficiency, a spokesman for the United States Army Futures Command told Technology Magazine. Drive. The team is also testing Zephyr’s ability to maintain its position.

The record flight is not over yet

To avoid commercial air traffic and bad weather, the Airbus Zephyr S flies very high. The aircraft can reach a height of up to 23,200 meters.

Its design is specially optimized for flight at extreme altitudes. The Airbus Zephyr S with a wingspan of 25 meters and a small central fuselage weighs only around 75 kilograms. Light enough to be carried by a small group of people to help launch.

The Airbus Zephyr S solar plane has military origins

The Zephyr was originally developed by a British defense company Qinetiq. Since 2013, however, the project has been managed by the European aerospace consortium Airbus. The aircraft is originally designed for use in the military sector. However, the drone could also be used in other situations – such as disaster relief.

The Zephyr S’s flight isn’t over yet. However, Airbus did not provide any information on how long the aircraft is expected to remain in the air. As reported by the BBC, the Airbus flight path describes the letters “UK” and the outline of the Stonehenge formation.

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