The drone broke the record for flight duration

UAV Zephyr’s developed by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, spent in the air for more than 15 days, breaking the absolute record for flight duration among the drones.
The first flight of the UAV’s Zephyr began on 11 July 2018. The drone was launched from a test site in Arizona and is still in the air. The final record for flight duration Zephyr will be registered after landing, but when it happens, Airbus did not specify. Theoretically, it can stay in the air for three months.
The previous record for flight duration of unmanned aircraft was set by a prototype system Zephyr drone with a pair of electric motors that are powered by solar panels, held in the air for two weeks.
Wingspan Zephyr is 28 meters, the whole upper surface covered with solar panels. The device can operate at altitudes up to 21.3 km and carry a payload weighing up to five kilograms. Serial production of the Zephyr’s started in the middle of this month in the British Farnborough: the first three drone will receive the British military.

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