Zephyr

Airbus Zephyr S sets new altitude record, finishes testing

Airbus Zephyr S pseudo-satellite has concluded its test campaign in the United States, finishing with a record-setting high-altitude flight....


PHASA-35, BAE alternative to satellites, completes maiden flight

PHASA-35, a solar-powered unmanned aircraft developed by BAE Systems and Prismatic, took off for a first test flight from the Woomera test site of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in South Australia. The high altitude long endurance (HALE) drone is presented as a cheaper and more flexible alternative to satellites....


Opinion: how to build a plane that never needs to land

The launch of the Zephyr aircraft by Airbus could mark the start of a new era of continuous flight. What made this possible was a series of breakthroughs in lightweight materials, solar power and batteries, and autonomous navigation. These advances have come together to create planes that can fly day and night without intervention, potentially for months at a time....