QinetiQ’s Zephyr claims three UAS records

Tue Aug 24 2010, 17:09 PM

QinetiQ has asked the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) to ratify a claim for three world records for Zephyr , its solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Air System (UAS).

QinetiQ believes Zephyr stands to claim the title for:

- the absolute duration record for an Unmanned Air Vehicle, at 336 hours and 22 minutes

- the duration record for a UAV with the same time

- the absolute altitude record for a UAV in the 50-500kg category for reaching 21,561m.

Zephyr’s record breaking flight took place from 9 July 2010 to 23 July 2010 above the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, UK. An official from the FAI, the world air sports federation which is responsible for ratifying flight records, was present.

Zephyr is an ultra-light hand-launched UAS that flies using solar power by day and solar-charged batteries by night.