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Gossamar wings take solar Airbus drone to world record height

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Eat your heart out Icarus —  the Airbus Zephyr S is not only flying closer to the sun but it’s staying up there for extended missions.

While it looks like a gust of strong wind would be its undoing, the solar-powered Zephyr is proving its mettle after a successful test campaign saw it establish a new world altitude record during a creditable 36 days of stratospheric flight.

The Airbus experimental drone‘s new world record for this class of unmanned aerial system (UAS) saw it reach an astonishing 76,100ft.

The Arizona test campaign of what Airbus calls its “High Altitude Platform System” (HAPS)  was read more ⇒

Source:: AirlineRatings.Com

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