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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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Airbus DS tests Zephyr 7 pseudo satellite

August 29th, 2014 by

Airbus Defence and Space announced that the Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) has just completed its most demanding mission to date and thus set a new benchmark in persistent, year-round operations for this class of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

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Sanswire receives funding commitment from Global Telesat

April 22nd, 2009 by

Sanswire-TAO Corp., the airship manufacturing joint venture equally owned by Sanswire Corp. and TAO Technologies GmbH, announced that it has received a funding commitment for US$1.4 million arranged by satellite tracking provider Global Telesat Corp. (GTC) and has commenced construction of its first production commercial/government use unmanned autonomously controlled, Lighter than Air (LTA) airship, designated the STS-111.
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Lockheed Martin receives ISIS contract

September 28th, 2006 by

Lockheed Martin has received a contract for approximately US$10 million to further develop advanced material technology and next-generation hull material for stratospheric airships under the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) programme.

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