Airbus' Zephyr S HAPS UAS flies more than 25 days

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Airbus Defence and Space has announced that its solar powered Zephyr S High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) UAS has landed after flying more than 25 days during its maiden flight.

The maiden flight, which began on July 11 and is the longest duration flight ever made according to Airbus, proved the system capabilities and achieved all the flight’s engineering objectives. Airbus says that an application has been made to establish this as a new world record.

“This very successful maiden flight represents a new significant milestone in the Zephyr program, adding a new stratospheric flight endurance record which we hope will be formalized very shortly,” says Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airbus.

“We will in the coming days check all engineering data and outputs and start the preparation of additional flights planned for the second half of this year from our new operating site at the Wyndham airfield in Western Australia.”

The record flight was supported by the UK government, and reflects the UK Ministry of Defence’s position as the first customer for a capability Airbus describes as “innovative and potentially game changing.”