Pilotless plane breaks record

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A new record has been set for the longest-ever flight of an unmanned aircraft.

The solar-powered Airbus Zephyr S spent 26 continuous days in the air. This beat the record it previously set in 2018.

The unmanned craft flies high up in the atmosphere, to avoid commercial airplanes and bad weather.

It has onboard batteries to keep it airborne during the night so that it doesn’t need to stop to refuel.

Flight data shows the aircraft flew from the test range in the US state of Arizona to Central America, and then back again.

The aircraft can provide imagery like a satellite, but it has the advantage of not having to orbit Earth – meaning it can remain in one position and provide constant updates.

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