US Army Drone Comes Within INCHES Of a World Record
(AmericanProsperity.com) – On June 15, the US Army launched an Airbus Zephyr S over military space. The solar-powered drone then circled the sky for more than two months, breaking records along the way. Now, its journey has come to an end.
The drone, with its 75-foot wingspan, reportedly went missing in Arizona somewhere on August 19. The flight lasted 64 days before the crash, with the aircraft just hours away from breaking the world record for the longest continuous flight when it went down. During its mission, the tiny craft demonstrated that it could hold multiple payloads including technology that jams radars and cameras. It also exceeded heights of 60,000 feet.
The high-altitude drone Zephyr met a sticky end, just hours before it would have broken all records for the longest-ever continuous flight. https://t.co/aQ2WSwnkKU
— Simple Flying (@simple_flying) August 20, 2022
In July, the unmanned aerial device broke its previous record of the longest flight, which was set in August 2018 at 25 days and 23 hours. The Army released a statement announcing the Zephyr had accomplished a number of goals. Among the achievements were the drone’s first flight over water, its first time flying into international airspace, and the longest continuous flight using satellite communication controls.
During the test run, the device traveled from the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona to other states. The craft then went to Central America, the Gulf of Mexico, and Belize.
Business Insider reported that Michael Monteleone, the director of the testing group, said the Army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team, was collecting information to find out why the drone went down.
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