Monday, August 25, 2008

Breaking Solar Records

I just found a cool article on Gizmodo. Apparently, the apparatus pictured above, known as the Zephyr Glider, just broke a world record. Jack Loftus reports:
Last we heard from the U.K.'s high altitude Zephyr glider, it was unofficially breaking the record for longest unmanned flight. That was back in 2007, when the record was a paltry 30 hours, and the Zephyr was able to manage a 54 hour flight, thanks to its solar powered batteries. On Friday, the Zephyr flew that and then some when it completed an 84-hour flight without issue.

The bottom line is...

It was all made possible by the power of the sun.

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