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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Postby Phil R » 17 Apr 2019, 20:48

Garlath wrote:For those who (understandably) weren’t convinced at the possibility of radar on HAPS...


Very interesting. Thank you

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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Postby Timmymagic » 13 May 2019, 18:01

Bit of info on the Zephyr crash in March.

-It wasn't one of the 3 that are being built for the MoD at Farnborough, the first of those is on the way to Wyndham at the moment.
- Which means it must have been one of the prototypes, but it was being used for the MoD test campaign.
- Looks like unexpected weather or a little overconfidence
- Mechanical launcher by 2020 to remove need for hand launching
- Can travel 540 miles per day
- Minimum operating altitude in flight regime is around 60,000ft at dawn, after that it climbs back up higher (up to 74,000 ft+)
- Aiming for 100 day mission duration currently
- No mention of Zephyr T. Focus seems to be on increasing power and carrying ability of the S at the moment.
- They expect to be able to supply services from 4-5 vehicles by 2020. Not sure if this is Airbus' Zephyr as a Service plan or if that includes the 3 UK MoD examples being built plus 2 others..
- They have a second customer...I'd have thought the possibilities (in order of likelihood) are US, Australia, France, Saudi and UAE.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... sh-457412/

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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Postby Timmymagic » 13 Aug 2019, 14:06

Not much coming out about Zephyr at present, no idea if the flight campaign has continued following the 'incident' or if they've taken a pause (or indeed if it was a UK MoD Zephyr that was involved, as that has become a little less clear or the condition of the craft). But Airbus' marketing campaign continues.

Interesting article in the ITU by the Zephyr Programme Manager, particularly in regard to spectrum allocation for HAPs.

https://news.itu.int/connectivity-from- ... atosphere/

They're not sparing any money on the show sets...



And finally an easy to access resource on other HAPs that are in development or have been. Interesting to note that Zephyr in its S or even proposed T variant is at the smaller scale of things. The Aurora Odysseus has quite a scale and ambition, but could show the art of the possible.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/flight ... s/?slide=3

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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Postby Timmymagic » 10 Sep 2019, 10:07

This is a real surprise. BAE are moving very quickly on Phasa 35. Serious competition for Zephyr (of which we've heard little recently)...

BAE are now buying them, and 2 full sized examples have been built with first flight in 2020 (presumably somewhere nice and warm...)

Good article from the Aero Soc..

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/phasa-set-to-sun/


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Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Postby The Armchair Soldier » 09 Oct 2019, 11:57

Second drone crash in the Kimberley this year
A state-of-the-art drone owned by one of the world’s biggest aeronautical companies has crashed in the remote Kimberley for the second time this year, after it lost control during a test flight.

The Airbus Zephyr pseudo-satellite, while being launched from Wyndham Airport on September 28, encountered “clear turbulence” during the ascent, causing the aircraft to depart from controlled flight.

An Airbus spokesperson said the company have informed the relevant authorities and initiated an investigation.

There was no damage to people or property and the aircraft was recovered.
Read More: https://thewest.com.au/news/the-kimberl ... 881347715z


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