Solar-Powered Plane Keeps Going And Going And . . .

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Just like the Energizer Bunny, the Zephyr keeps going and going. However, this unmanned aircraft is not powered by an Energizer battery but, by Solar Power!

Hand-launched about two weeks ago, the light aircraft has already shattered all records set by itself and other solar-powered aircraft and, there is no end in sight yet!

Manufactured by British defense technology company, QinetiQ, the airplane weighs just over 110lbs and has a wingspan of 74 feet. The aircraft's wings are covered with thin paper-like amorphous silicon solar arrays that not only deliver enough solar power for it to fly during the day-time, but also, help charge the lithium-sulphur batteries that provides energy for the plane to continue flying at night.

The Zephyr has been in development since 2007. The first prototype, which had a wingspan of about 60 feet and weighed a little over 60lbs, was able to fly non-stop for 54 hours. Thanks to a larger wingspan, allowing for inclusion of more batteries and a more aerodynamic design, the latest version has now flown for more than 200 hours and is showing no signs of stopping.

QinetiQ evenutually hopes to make Zephyr an 'eternal' unmanned solar-powered aircraft that can be used for communications and other commercial, as well as, security purposes. As the technology continues to evolve, it may also pave the way for the possibility of Solar-Powered passenger flights in the near future.,

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  • My Mom Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    This is cool
    • Space explorerTuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:46 am
      Wow! This is awsome! But it must stop because the solar panels can't collect energy forever. Still very cool 😎
      • koolkidWednesday, July 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm
        • fishFriday, August 28, 2015 at 9:56 am
          so coooooooooooooooolllll
          • zoeWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm
            this is so cool
            • 41chadr
              41chadrTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:56 am
              • diamondkid
                diamondkidMonday, March 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm
                • :DMonday, February 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm
                  I wonder if the solar-powered plane WILL actually carry people in the near future :o
                  • beautiful girlSaturday, July 19, 2014 at 8:42 am
                    i am so rich
                    • beautiful girlSaturday, July 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

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