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Zephyr

Zephyr

Pioneering the Stratosphere

Zephyr is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) that fills a capability gap between satellites and UAVs:

  • 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.

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.

Zephyr

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.

World leader

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

  •  FAI 16052 – Absolute Duration – 336h 22m 8s
  •  FAI 16053 – Duration in Class
  •  FAI 16054 – Altitude – 21,562m
     

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.

Zephyr - Once in a lifetime

 

Zephyr is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) UAS/UAV which runs on solar power. This unmanned aircraft provides local satellite-like services. It endures like a satellite, focuses like an aircraft and is cheaper than either of them. Read less Read more

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