The Zephyr: The UK-built Green Military Aircraft Just Flew For 2 Weeks Straight

Some more aviation news for your edification. The British-built Zephyr is a solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that just flew for two weeks over the Arizona desert. That’s two straight weeks, mind you. It’s a triumph of engineering! The aircraft, created by the impossible-to-pronounce Qinetiq, was created with the military in mind. The idea is that you launch one of these aircraft over a battlefield and can spend several days in a row doing nothing but collecting intelligence from the safety of the skies. That, and no pilots’ lives are at stake. Granted, since there’s no human inside the cockpit that could make commanders more apt to deploy it in less-than-safe conditions, but that’s a concern for another day.