Gallery: Solar Powered Plane Breaks Record… Again!

 

Last year we brought you news of the Zephyr, an unmanned solar-powered airplane that shattered a world record with a flight of 54 hours. Not content with their initial achievement, the creators of the Zephyr decided to give it a second shot. This time the Zephyr flew for an incredible 82 hours and 37 minutes!

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Gallery: ZEPHYR SOLAR PLANE FLIES FOR 54 HOURS STRAIGHT!

 

While you don’t usually see military-related stories here at Inhabitat, here’s an eco-worthy exception: the Zephyr is an unmanned aerial vehicle, which is powered entirely by solar power. The emissions-free, solar-powered Zephyr recently made headlines by breaking the record for the longest-duration unmanned flight!

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  1. Zephyr to Complete Long... July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    […] flying the first 24-hour flight and proving that a sun-powered plane can fly at night, but the Zephyr has blown that record out of the water with its almost complete 2 week-long […]

  2. Liebchen September 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    NASA has a solar powered, long-duration flight prototype that, thankfully, wasn’t intended for military purposes. Helios project: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/FactSheets/FS-068-DFRC.html

    Helios has since crashed (and perhaps discontinued). We can hope that this military technology will some day live a peacefully civilian life.

  3. EcoLogica.gr » Bl... September 11, 2007 at 10:55 am

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