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Monday, September 17, 2007

Solar Powered Flight Record

Solar panels by day; lithium sulphur batteries by night. A British company, QinetiQ, broke a record for the longest unmanned flight in history with their Zephyr airplane of 54 hours. The airplane is completely powered by Solar Energy. A previous record of more than 33 hours was set on August 31, 2007. This plane flies at the same height as the Concorde which is higher than a typical passenger plane and the guy in Oregon who flies in a lawn chair that's tied to balloons.

I don't have the exact flight information for this 54 hour trip but here is a link to the stories:

The flight was kept secret and is not considered official but was launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as its thought useful for military purposes.

The previous record was set in 2001 by the US Military. It looks like maybe a strong Saturn to Pluto in Sagittarius aspect helps. That's a good signature for endurance. Pluto in Sagittarius and the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception.

Wowee Zowee, what'll they think of next? The world really is turning into a backdrop for a Jetson's Cartoon.

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