Thursday, 27 January 2022

Airbus's solar-powered Zephyr UAV set to deliver broadband to remote regions

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Tuesday 16 November 21

The project, in partnership with NTT Docomo, could ultimately see the glider fly continuously for months at a time, delivering much needed broadband to underserved areas

Last month, Airbus’s solar powered Zephyr S High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) achieved 36 days of stratospheric flight in two sessions, as well as setting a new world record in absolute altitude for devices of its class at 76,100 ft. In total, Zephyr has now completed around 3,322 flight hours, with the various tests designed to show that the unmanned device can fly beyond restrictive airspace, travelling far above and not interfering with commercial air traffic…

Last month, Airbus’s solar powered Zephyr S High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) achieved 36 days of stratospheric flight in two sessions, as well as setting a new world record in absolute altitude for devices of its class at 76,100 ft. In total, Zephyr has now completed around 3,322 flight hours, with the various tests designed to show that the unmanned device can fly beyond restrictive airspace, travelling far above and not interfering with commercial air traffic…

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