British UAS smashes endurance record and is still going.


The Qinetiq Zephyr has been airborne for 7 days and as I write this.... 2 hours and 23 minutes. Its still flying. I believe they are going for two weeks. It took off last Friday from the Yuma testing grounds in Arizona at 1440 BST (0640 local)


Its Friday night lets all raise a glass to them!!!

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 16, 2010 at 1:59pm
Adrian would be a good guest for the podcast don't you think? He will hate me for saying that.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 16, 2010 at 2:49pm
Comment by jonny on July 16, 2010 at 2:59pm
Wow, an achievement like that deserves more than one toast!
Wondering how well it will perform in a storm though

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 16, 2010 at 3:49pm
Its above the weather for most of the flight, well above. The space division of Qinetiq was responsible for an awful lot of the materials I believe.
Comment by Paul G. on July 16, 2010 at 4:42pm
Now that is one high aspect ratio wing. 18km up, 18000m, 60000ft, 12 MILES up. Just one question, how do you keep it warm ?
Comment by bGatti on July 16, 2010 at 5:03pm
I'm surprised to read amorphous silicon is used?
That means it isn't a horribly expensive III-V proposition?
Comment by Ravi Gaddipati on July 16, 2010 at 5:59pm
That has very good mobility though.
Comment by Adrian Eves on July 16, 2010 at 6:18pm
I'll check what I'm allowed to talk about and post some geeky details after my next shift.
Comment by Rana on July 16, 2010 at 11:40pm

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Comment by Morli on July 17, 2010 at 2:38am
Beautiful & Gracious is all that comes to mind

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