Zephyr

UK QinetiQ UAV
Region:  Europe / USA and Canada    Country:  UK    Category:  UAV    Company:  QinetiQ   
Zephyr

Use(s): communications relay, scientific missions, environmental observation and monitoring Manufacturer: Qinetiq Powerplant: Zephyr uses its state-of-the-art solar cells spread across its wings to recharge high-power lithium-sulphur batteries and drive two propellers Dimensions: wingspan: 22.5m (74ft aprox), Zephyr is now 50% bigger than its predecessors. The vehicle has a wingspan of 22.5m, height 7.2 m and features a new wingtip and tail design that dramatically improve aero performance. It also has a wider configuration near the main body to accommodate more equipment. In addition, the avionics and power management systems on board have been upgraded MTOW: 53kg, max payload: 2.5kg Performance: endurance: 336 hours (2 weeks / 14 days, ceiling: 61,000 feet, 21,562 meters, mission radius: >10,000nm Payload: communications relay Launch: hand launch Recovery: autonomous belly landing Structure Material: composite




Solar-charged aircraft to have flown to a world record

2011-02-18
Solar-charged aircraft to have flown to a world record
A UK solar-powered plane proved itself as the one to break the world record for the longest time spent in the air by an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV), after remaining airborne for two weeks.


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