Airbus’ Solar Drone – level 2

24-07-2018 07:00

Airbus opened a new production facility where it can produce 30 Zephyr aircrafts a year, which are solar-powered aircraft.

These drones fly 18–21 kilometres above the ground which means that they are above the weather and normal aeroplanes. Airbus says that the Zephyr can fly for months at a time.

The smaller production model has a wingspan of 25 metres and weighs less than 75 kg. It is able to provide the Internet, radar and take pictures and video. From the 18-to-21-kilometre altitude, it can see objects as small as 15 centimetres.

Difficult words: production facility (factory), drone (a plane which is controlled from the ground; no pilot is in it), altitude (a height).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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