Tag Archives: HAPS

AeroVironment-SoftBank JV to Focus on High-Altitude, Long-Endurance UAS Development

Unmanned aircraft systems maker AeroVironment and Japan-based telecommunications company SoftBank have formed a joint venture to build a high-altitude, long-endurance UAS for commercial operations. HAPSMobile is 95 percent owned by SoftBank and 5 percent owned by AeroVironment, the latter company said Wednesday. AeroVironment will contribute $5 million in capital to secure 5 percent ownership of the joint …

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Space News: Thales Alenia Space & Partners Seek Contract for High-Altitude Platform Station

Industry partners will invest in and work to develop a contract for the Thales Alenia Space-led Stratobus high-altitude platform station, Space News reported Thursday. Peter de Selding writes the French-Italian group expects to add telecommunications payloads when HAPS systems become authorized to operate in Ka- and Ku-band. “We expect to have our first …

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Orbital ATK Puts Aircraft Protection System to Live-Fire Test; Mike Kahn Comments

Orbital ATK has demonstrated an airborne technology designed to guide kill vehicles to protect helicopters from incoming rocket-propelled grenades. During live-fire testing, the Helicopter Active Protection System kill vehicle launched from an ALE-47 countermeasures dispenser, performed off-axis aerial maneuvers and headed to a simulated detonation point, Orbital ATK said Tuesday. …

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