Solar-powered plane breaks world record

Officials from the international governing body for air sports records have confirmed that a solar-powered aircraft set a new standard for longest time spent in flight back in July.The UK-built Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) set a total of three records during its flight earlier this year, which officially clocked in at 336 hours, 22 minutes and eight seconds, according to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).The Zephyr also set a new flight duration record for unmanned crafts weighing between 50kg and 500kg, as well as a new altitude mark for its class by reaching heights of 70,741 feet. The airplane, which was built by defense technology firm Qinetiq, earned the nickname "the eternal plane" for its roughly two-week flight back in July."This aircraft can help track pirates off the Horn of Africa, alert the authorities about where and how fast forest fires are spreading, and ensure that soldiers' communications remain unaffected when fighting in mountainous or hilly terrain," Qinetiq's chief

Solar-powered plane breaks world record

A solar-powered pilotless plane which was built in the UK has been recognised as having smashed the world record for the longest time spent in the air by an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV), ...

Sun 26 Dec 10 from The Independent

Solar plane's records confirmed

The UK's unmanned solar-powered Zephyr is confirmed as having broken the record for the longest continuous flight.

Fri 24 Dec 10 from BBC News

U.K. solar plane record confirmed

FARNBOROUGH, England, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A British solar-powered aircraft has been confirmed as a record-breaker following its non-stop two-week endurance flight earlier this year, officials say.

Fri 24 Dec 10 from UPI

FAI Confirms Zephyr Endurance Record

Officials from the international governing body for air sports records have confirmed that a solar-powered aircraft set a new standard for longest time spent in flight back in July.The UK-built ...

Fri 24 Dec 10 from RedOrbit

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