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Zephyr Solar Plane Tops 7 Days Aloft 51

Posted by timothy
from the ok-but-jetfuel-for-me-yet dept.
chichilalescu writes "The UK-built Zephyr solar-powered plane has smashed the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle. The craft took off from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona at 1440 BST (0640 local time) last Friday and is still in the air. Maybe we can attach some netbooks, and extend the Internet to the clouds."
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Zephyr Solar Plane Tops 7 Days Aloft

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  • by MichaelSmith (789609) on Saturday July 17, 2010 @05:43AM (#32935796) Homepage Journal

    The current official world endurance record for a UAV is 30 hours, 24 minutes. This was set by the US robot Global Hawk. Zephyr itself has already recorded an 83-hour continuous flight but representatives from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) were not present to witness proceedings.

    However, they are at Yuma this time and so the latest flight will go down as an official world record provided the FAI is satisfied its rules have been followed.

    They had better hurry up and end the light otherwise the FAI guy might give up and go home.

  • by lemur3 (997863) on Saturday July 17, 2010 @08:37AM (#32936238)

    "Maybe we can attach some netbooks, and extend the internet to the clouds."

    Really? That's the best way to summarise record-breaking solar flight? A stupid, and basically illogical, pun?

    timothy puts the PUN in Punishment

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