Air Platforms

Zephyr claims new endurance record

08 August 2018
The Zephyr beat its own previously set endurance record with a flight that lasted nearly 26 days. Source: Airbus DS

The Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Zephyr ‘pseudo-satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has logged another endurance record, the company announced.

The first production-standard Zephyr S landed just under 26 days after departing on its maiden flight on 11 July, logging the longest flight ever made. The record must now be officially ratified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which governs such matters.

As noted by Airbus DS, in setting this record the Zephyr has actually beaten its previously held longest flight time of 14 days in 2010. During the same event, the solar-powered Zephyr also attained the absolute altitude record for a UAV in its class of 70,740 ft (21,562 m).

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