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Pathfinder aircraft taking off from ground - side view

Pathfinder-Plus aircraft flight 98-2

Movie Number   EM-0023-08
Movie Date   June 1998
Formats   160x120 15-fps QuickTime Movie (3,685 KBytes)
320x240 30-fps QuickTime Movie
320x240 30-fps MPEG-1 Movie (4,910 KBytes)
Pathfinder Still photos of this aircraft are available in several resolutions at

The Pathfinder-Plus solar-powered aircraft is shown taking off from a runway, then flying at low altitude over the ocean. The vehicle, which looks like a flying ruler, operates at low airspeed. Among the missions proposed for a solar-powered aircraft are communications relay, atmospheric studies, pipeline monitoring and gas leak detection, environmental monitoring using thermal and radar images, and disaster relief and monitoring.

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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