Airbus Solar Drone Stays Aloft for 25 Days


The prototype flew for 25 continuous days, besting its previous record of 14. The Zephyr S HAPS is designed to stay aloft for 100 days. (Photo: Airbus)

Zephyr is a reusable, lightweight (approximately 165 pounds) solar-powered aircraft with a wingspan of 82 feet designed to fly at altitudes up to 70,000 feet continuously for up to 100 days and provide low-cost “local persistence” for a wide variety of applications. This includes maritime surveillance and services, border patrol missions, communications, forest-fire detection and monitoring, environmental disasters such as oil spills, and navigation.

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