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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

United Kingdom orders third Zephyr-S solar-powered UAV

The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has today announced it has ordered a third, record-breaking, Zephyr-S UAV, as part of a US$17 million contract with Airbus Defence and Space. Zephyr-S is the latest version of a highly sophisticated series of ultra-lightweight UAVs, capable of flying up to 70,000ft - twice the altitude of a commercial airliner - for up to 45 days at a time. Referred to as a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS), it performs more like a satellite than a conventional UAV. 
Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) performing flight tests and payload evaluations in Yuma, Arizona, in 2009
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