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Zephyr

Pioneering the Stratosphere

 

  • Zephyr is the world's leading, solar-electric, stratospheric UAV
  • It will revolutionise defence, humanitarian and environmental missions all over the world

The first unmanned aircraft of its kind to fly in the stratosphere, Zephyr harnesses the sun's rays, running exclusively on solar power, above the weather and conventional air traffic. It is a HAPS: a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite, able to fly for months at a time, combining the persistence of a satellite with the flexibility of a UAV.

Two versions, multiple needs

Zephyr S

Zephyr S

Zephyr T

Zephyr T

Airbus has two variants of the Zephyr, designed to accommodate a variety of payloads. 

The production model Zephyr S has a wingspan of 25m and weighs less than 75kg. It is able to carry see, sense and connect payloads.

Currently in development, the larger Zephyr T has a wingspan of 33m and weighs 140kg. It's a larger size enables it to accommodate payloads with larger masses.

Capabilities

See with clarity

See with clarity

Revolutionise disaster management, monitoring the spread of wildfires or oil spills.

Sense with efficiency

Sense with efficiency

Trace the world’s changing environmental landscape. Monitor secure borders.

Connect with precision

Connect with precision

Connect securely across the globe. Connect the isolated. There are 4 billion people in the world who still don't have access to the internet, Zephyr can change this.

Why Choose Zephyr?

  • Flexibility: Zephyr’s launch requirements are simple compared to traditional aviation. No runway, no airport. Operating within the stratosphere, Zephyr’s ability to fly persistently around 70,000ft means it can avoid conventional air traffic and operate without interfering with other airspace users. After take-off and ascent into the stratosphere, Zephyr then navigates to the desired location, which may be hundreds or thousands of kilometres away. Zephyr can be controlled from Ground Control Stations anywhere in the world using beyond line of sight (BLOS) capabilities.
  • Safe and secure: Zephyr has civil and military approval from countries across four continents, including the UK and Australia. 
  • Persistence: Zephyr’s persistent flight is unrivalled. Unlike other unmanned aircraft, it uses solar energy, with secondary batteries charged in daylight powering overnight flight for months at a time.
  • Revolutionary: the first unmanned aircraft of its kind to fly the stratosphere, Zephyr is capable of revolutionising defence, humanitarian, and environmental missions all over the world.

What´s new on Zephyr?

The world's first operational launch site for Zephyr

Airbus Defence and Space announced the opening of the world’s first High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) flight base serving as the launch site for the Zephyr UAV in Wyndham, Western Australia.

This site has been chosen due to its largely unrestricted airspace and reliable weather and is the result of significant investment by Airbus into its Zephyr programme.

Zephyr is the world’s leading, solar electric, stratospheric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It harnesses the sun’s rays, running exclusively on solar power, above the weather and conventional air traffic; filling a capability gap complimentary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft to provide persistent local satellite-like services.

Read the Press release for more information.

Zephyr S turning dreams into reality on its maiden flight

 
Zephyr graphic Gateway Australia and records

Zephyr graphic Gateway Australia and records

Video Gallery

Zephyr S turning dreams into reality on its maiden flight      
Farnborough Airshow 2018: Day 1 highlights      
Zephyr - Once in a lifetime      
Zephyr: Never stop exploring      
Zephyr      
Airbus Defence and Space at Farnborough air show 2016      

Photo Gallery

First Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site    
First Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site    
First Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site    
Euronaval 2018 – French Parliament    
Airbus: The Kelleher Building    
Zephyr Press conference during the 2018 Farnborough Air Show edition    
Dirk Hoke and Jana Rosenmann during the Zephyr Press conference at the Farnborough Air Show    
Zephyr launch    
Zephyr taking off the skies    
Experience Centre pavilion at ILA Berlin 2018    
HAPS Zephyr in preparation before take-off    
Zephyr HAPS during a stratospheric flight    
Zephyr HAPS in flight    

Infographics

Latest News

Airbus celebrates opening of the world’s first Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site

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Zephyr S set to break aircraft world endurance record

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Airbus opens first serial production facility for Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites.

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