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February 04, 2008

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WhiteBeard

One can quibble about definitions infinitely. I believe it was in the ’30 that soaring groups quit recognizing duration records. Someone figured out that Oahu had large cliffs facing the mid-Pacific trades. Shortly the guidance units started exceeding their time between snooze envelope, leading to several total system failures, in their endeavor to wave heraldic sponges proclaiming “We’re # 1”. My recollection of this factoid is seriously dimmed by the passage of many chronometer ticks, but they had advanced duration to over five days, IIR.

That makes “This is an unofficial un-fueled heavier than air endurance record” claim somewhat suspect, although other sources (like QinetiQ) use the phrase “exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight”.

This remains a notable achievement with QinetiQ going the battery route, rather than NASA Ames fuel cells. If the batteries scale and have adequate service life, this should lead to decent payload and a useful system.

WhiteBeard

One can quibble about definitions infinitely. I believe it was in the ’30 that soaring groups quit recognizing duration records. Someone figured out that Oahu had large cliffs facing the mid-Pacific trades. Shortly the guidance units started exceeding their time between snooze envelope, leading to several total system failures, in their endeavor to wave heraldic sponges proclaiming “We’re # 1”. My recollection of this factoid is seriously dimmed by the passage of many chronometer ticks, but they had advanced duration to over five days, IIR.

That makes “This is an unofficial un-fueled heavier than air endurance record” claim somewhat suspect, although other sources (like QinetiQ) use the phrase “exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight”.

This remains a notable achievement with QinetiQ going the battery route, rather than NASA Ames fuel cells. If the batteries scale and have adequate service life, this should lead to decent payload and a useful system.

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