Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zephyr Lands

Zephyr UAV
Zephyr has landed.

It was in the air, powered only by the sun, for 336 hours, 24 minutes, more than 10x the previous record for an un-refueled UAV.

Jon Saltmarsh, project lead on the "eternal plane" announced that it was ready to begin its operational life:
We have proved the concept; we have proved we can provide persistence; we have proved we can put useful payloads on to it that will actually do things the [Ministry of Defense] has a requirement to do.

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