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Old 08-25-2022, 05:44 AM
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US Army completes live-flight demo of Zephyr UAS
By: Carlos Munoz - Janes News - 08-25-22
Re: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/a...-of-zephyr-uas

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Zephyr HAPS. (Airbus Defence and Security)
(Personal note: it looks a little fragile to me)

A recent US Army Futures Command (AFC) live-flight demonstration of a solar-powered, stratospheric unmanned aerial system (UAS) could play into service-led efforts to extend intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, as well as enable new long-range, beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications programmes.

Officials from the command's Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space (APNT/Space) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) conductedan over two-month flight test of the Airbus-built Zephyr 8 ultra-long-endurance UAS, launched from the service's Yuma Proving Ground experimentation facility in Arizona. On 15 June the UAS traversed airspace across territory spanning the Southern US, Gulf of Mexico, and into South America, AFC officials said in a 22 August statement.

Flying at an altitude of 60,000 ft, the UAS was outfitted with various payloads to conduct “data collection and direct downlink … satellite communications, and the demonstration of resilient satellite command and control” from the Yuma test grounds along with locations in Huntsville, Alabama, and Farnborough in the United Kingdom, AFC officials said. Apart from payloads, command officials were able to gather real-word data on the aircraft's operational capabilities, such as its “energy storage capacity, flight endurance, station-keeping, and agile positioning abilities”, they added.
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Personal note: That has to be a real bugger to assemble in the field.
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