The sun’s rays bathe our planet with vast amounts of energy – approximately 885 million terawatt hours every year. At Airbus, we work to harvest this alternative renewable energy source to power cleaner and high-endurance stratospheric flight.

Taking unmanned aerial vehicles into the stratosphere

Today, Airbus is advancing solar cell technology to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to stay aloft in the stratosphere for extended periods – using only sunlight as energy.

Our work in solar flight is focused on:

  • Developing advanced photovoltaic solar panels that are lighter, more flexible and capable of capturing more energy per m2 of surface,
  • Converting captured solar energy into electrical energy to power an electric-propulsion system and other onboard equipment,
  • Harnessing solar energy into a rechargeable energy storage system, thereby enabling the aircraft to fly at night with unlimited autonomy.

Our flagship programme, Zephyr, is a high-altitude pseudo-satellite that is powered exclusively by solar power.

Zephyr

Zephyr

Pioneering the stratosphere


Discover Zero Emission at Airbus

 

EcoPulse™ is a distributed hybrid-propulsion aircraft demonstrator developed in partnership with Daher and Safran with the support of France’s CORAC and DGAC.

Electric flight

Laying the groundwork for zero-emission aviation

Hydrogen

Hydrogen

An important pathway to our zero-emission ambition

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Urban Air Mobility

Taking urban transport into the sky

Innovation
Airbus partners with Space Compass to serve the Japanese market with mobile connectivity and earth observation solutions
Airbus HAPS Connectivity Business (Airbus HAPS) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Space Compass Corporation of Japan (Space Compass) for a cooperation agreement to service the Japanese market with mobile connectivity and earth observation services from the Stratosphere with Airbus’ record breaking Zephyr platform.
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Airbus has launched a connectivity services business through the creation of a dedicated HAPS Services Business based around Zephyr, Airbus’ leading HAPS technology platform.
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