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Pathfinder aircraft taking off from ground - side view

Pathfinder wing tip video at 50,000 feet

Movie Number   EM-0023-06
Movie Date   Sept. 11, 1995
Formats   160x120 15-fps QuickTime Movie (1,242 KBytes)
320x240 30-fps QuickTime Movie
320x240 30-fps MPEG-1 Movie (3,310 KBytes)
Pathfinder Still photos of this aircraft are available in several resolutions at

In this clip, the Pathfinder's wing camera shows the view from 50,000 feet. Below is the reddish-brown desert, with the curvature of the Earth visible. Above this is a haze, which blends into the blue-black sky. The vehicle is more than 10,000 feet above an airliner's normal altitude.

Keywords   Pathfinder; AeroVironment; Inc.; NASA; ERAST; Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology; Dryden Flight Research Center; Gossamer Albatross; Paul MacCready; Solar Challenger; solar-electric flight; HALSOL; High-Altitude Solar Energy; Ballistic Missile Defense Office; National Aeronautic Association; Pacific Missile Range Facility; Rogers Dry Lakebed; Edwards Air Force Base
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