Airbus Zephyr

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The Airbus Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British Defence contractor, QinetiQ.wikipedia
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Solar energy

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The Airbus Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British Defence contractor, QinetiQ.
The Zephyr, developed by BAE Systems, is the latest in a line of record-breaking solar aircraft, making a 54-hour flight in 2007, and month-long flights were envisioned by 2010.

Airbus Defence and Space

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The Zephyr system was sold to EADS Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space) in March 2013 where it was successfully re-flown as part of the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme In 2014 it flew for 11 days in winter, and later near civilian airspace.
* Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British company QinetiQ.

Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015

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In November 2015, in the House of Commons, British prime minister David Cameron laid out plans during the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, to further enhance Great Britain's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capacity.

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The QinetiQ Zephyr is a lightweight solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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The development of the aircraft is ongoing and currently part of the Airbus High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme.
Airbus Zephyr was designed to fly at a maximum height of altitude 21.336 kilometres (70 000 feet), and in a 2006 flight, was airborne for 80 hours, which was then was the longest flight made by a HALE vehicle.

Boeing SolarEagle

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It has 20 motors of the same type as the Qinetiq Zephyr designed by Newcastle University.

Qinetiq

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The Airbus Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British Defence contractor, QinetiQ.
During August 2008, Qinetiq's Zephyr, a solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), performed a non-stop flight spanning 14 day; this was a world record for the longest duration unmanned flight.

Unmanned aerial vehicle

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The Airbus Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British Defence contractor, QinetiQ.

United Kingdom

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The Airbus Zephyr is a series of lightweight solar-powered UAV originally designed and built in 2003 by the British Defence contractor, QinetiQ.

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

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Record claims have been verified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for both duration and altitude, at 21,562 meters.

Astrium

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The Zephyr system was sold to EADS Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space) in March 2013 where it was successfully re-flown as part of the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme In 2014 it flew for 11 days in winter, and later near civilian airspace.

Silicon nanowire

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It used Amprius lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowire anode for a 435 Wh/kg specific energy up from 300-320 Wh/kg for conventional graphite anodes.

Nanowire battery

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It used Amprius lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowire anode for a 435 Wh/kg specific energy up from 300-320 Wh/kg for conventional graphite anodes.

Specific energy

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It used Amprius lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowire anode for a 435 Wh/kg specific energy up from 300-320 Wh/kg for conventional graphite anodes.

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer

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The Zephyr is of carbon-fibre construction, and uses sunlight to charge a lithium-sulphur battery during the day, which powers the aircraft at night.

Lithium–sulfur battery

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The Zephyr is of carbon-fibre construction, and uses sunlight to charge a lithium-sulphur battery during the day, which powers the aircraft at night.

House of Commons of the United Kingdom

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In November 2015, in the House of Commons, British prime minister David Cameron laid out plans during the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, to further enhance Great Britain's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capacity.

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In November 2015, in the House of Commons, British prime minister David Cameron laid out plans during the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, to further enhance Great Britain's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capacity.

Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance

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In November 2015, in the House of Commons, British prime minister David Cameron laid out plans during the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, to further enhance Great Britain's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capacity.

Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)

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In the speech, he stated that the UK was to field a 'British-designed unmanned aircraft that will fly at the edge of the earth's atmosphere and allow us to monitor our adversaries for weeks on end, providing critical intelligence for our armed forces." A purchase of two Zephyr-8's was reported in February 2016. The British Ministry of Defence later confirmed the purchase of a third Zephyr 8 platform.

Aerospace industry in the United Kingdom

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Current unmanned aerial vehicles in which the British aerospace industry has a major role include BAE Taranis, HAV 304 Airlander 10, QinetiQ Zephyr and Watchkeeper WK450.