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Pathfinder aircraft taking off from ground - side view

Pathfinder aircraft in flight

Movie Number   EM-0023-07
Movie Date   Sept. 11, 1995
Formats   160x120 15-fps QuickTime Movie (2,170 KBytes)
320x240 30-fps QuickTime Movie
320x240 30-fps MPEG-1 Movie (5,827 KBytes)
Pathfinder Still photos of this aircraft are available in several resolutions at

The Pathfinder is shown flying low over Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. Its wing is very flexible, while its upper surface is covered with solar cells. While at high altitude, the vehicle was controlled by a remote pilot on the ground, but when the concept is fully developed, a vehicle larger than but similar to Pathfinder may be able to stay aloft for months at a time, without landing and with only sunlight as its "fuel."

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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