ATI-approved project Zephyr Innovation Programme’ (ZIP) aligns with the ATI’s ‘More Electric Aircraft’ and ‘Aerostructures’ Technology Themes by developing the UK’s supply chain to meet a clear market opportunity. The world-record breaking, unmanned, solar-electric, stratospheric aircraft, Zephyr, was developed as a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) flying at up to 70kft, carrying payloads that provide services (e.g. surveillance) to the defence sector.
Airbus is developing the next generation of Zephyr to address the substantially larger civilian markets in remote sensing (£3.2bn) and internet connectivity (£14bn).
Project Number: 113104
Project Cost: £7,422,628
End Date: 31st Jan 2019
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Airbus Defence & Space
Attributes: Fuel Efficiency, Cost, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Aerostructures of the future