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World View and Ball Aerospace to jointly explore Stratollite platform

June 3rd, 2016 by

Ball Aerospace and World View are working together to explore the feasibility of a commercial capability to perform persistent remote sensing from the Stratollite platform. The collaboration will culminate with World View performing a long-duration, persistent Stratollite flight to demonstrate remote sensing capabilities for commercial applications.

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MicroLink Devices to supply solar sheets for next-gen Zephyr HAPS

May 18th, 2016 by

MicroLink Devices announced that Airbus Defence and Space has issued a production contract for MicroLink’s epitaxial lift-off (ELO)-based multijunction solar sheets for use on the new Zephyr S platform.

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Stratobus project takes off

April 26th, 2016 by

Thales Alenia Space announced the official kickoff of its Stratobus research & development project. Stratobus is an autonomous stratospheric airship that was just approved by the French government’s “investment in the future” programme, with funding of EUR17 million. These funds cover a 24-month development phase for key enabling technologies, culminating in the construction of a demonstrator. Since the project has also won support from four different French regions, additional funding of about EUR3 million is expected.

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Avealto completes feasibility test flight of High Altitude Platform

July 24th, 2015 by

Avealto has completed initial feasibility evaluation of its free flying test vehicle in its development programme to build a commercial High Altitude Platform (“HAP”). The Avealto test vehicle was successfully launched on 14 June 2015 from a desert launch site near Lovelock, Nevada, in the Western USA. The vehicle landed intact and flight telemetry has now been fully evaluated.

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Airbus DS and Sion Power enter into collaborative agreement

June 10th, 2015 by

Airbus Defence and Space and Sion Power Corporation announced the signing of a three-year Collaborative Agreement. The agreement provides for Sion Power to enhance and supply proprietary lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries for use in Airbus Defence and Space’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) aircraft.

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NASA seeks comments on possible airship challenge

November 25th, 2014 by

NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated “20-20-20 Airship Challenge.” Submissions will be accepted until 1 December.

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