Zephyr, the solar powered unmanned plane’s already set record has been officially confirmed. The aircraft has been developed by the defense and research company Qinetiq and has been declared by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) as holding three records. The records are for absolute duration of an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) flight, flight duration for a UAV of its class and altitude record for a UAV of its class.
Zephyr comes under that class of unmanned craft that weights for 50-500kg and accounts for (21,562m/70,741ft). FAI is the world governing body for air sports and aeronautical world records. The organization has set the official duration at 336 hours, 22 minutes and eight seconds.
The aerial vehicle has been incorporated with solar cells drive propellers. It provides power to the plane during daytime and also recharges batteries so that it can stay in the air during the night. It is made of a combination of ultra-light materials, responsible for the elongated stay in the air.
The aircraft has a wingspan of 73 feet. The exclusive design features a new wingtip and tail design that dramatically improves aerodynamic performance.
It can also help track pirates, alert the authorities about where and how fast forest fires are spreading, and ensure that soldiers’ communications remain unaffected when fighting in mountainous or hilly terrain. Hence this eternal plane is expected to have a wide range of applications in the future.
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