The world record for the longest duration of flight has been set by Chinese students. Created by students at Beijing University of Aviation and Astronautics, the Feng Ru 3-100 flew continuously for 80 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds.
It surpassed the previous record-breaker. In 2014, Orion, made by Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing subsidiary, flew continuously for 80 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds. The university received the world record recognition from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
The black unmanned aerial vehicle has a wingspan of about ten metres. Powered by gas oil, it weighs 60 kilograms. It is named after the father of Chinese aviation history, the pilot and aircraft designer Feng Zsu (Feng Ru). The world record was broken in May in Xinjiang. The plane flew at an altitude of 300 metres. According to the institute, the drone was designed by 25 students of different ages and majors, with an average age of 20.