Uniquely designed for both military and commercial purposes, Zephyr can deliver numerous payload capabilities across two platforms. Zephyr S with its ability to carry payloads, offering voice, data communications both line of sight and beyond the line of sight, and line of sight high resolution optical imagery. Zephyr T carrying larger payloads offers the ability to bring more active payloads to the fore; for example, widespread, persistent internet coverage to remote areas of the globe, and active RADAR. Together they enable real-time mapping, internet and a number of surveillance opportunities to meet a broad range of requirements.
2 versions, multiple needs
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
Why choose Zephyr?
The Prototype vehicle, Zephyr 7, has flown for over two weeks continuously, eight times longer than any other UAV and is the only solar powered UAV to have flown at the stratospheric altitudes required to allow continuous operation.
Zephyr World Records
Setting World records for endurance and altitude in 2010, which remain unsurpassed, and completing further long duration flight testing, Airbus have completed testing with this prototype and have now entered full operational capability with the Zephyr S. Zephyr S is now in production with the first order having been made by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.