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Russia’s Sova ‘atmospheric satellite’ starts flight tests

July 5th, 2017 by

The first Russian atmospheric platform dubbed “Sova” (Owl) with a high-aspect ratio flexible wing began flight tests at an altitude of 49,000-65,000 feet [14.7-19.5 km], an official with the Advanced Research Fund was quoted as saying.

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World View, Ball Aerospace demo remote sensing from Stratollite

February 24th, 2017 by

World View and Ball Aerospace successfully completed a Stratollite mission earlier this month, demonstrating early capabilities for remote sensing applications from the stratosphere, nearly 70,000 feet (21 km) above Earth.

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Masdar, Thales to develop Stratobus applications

January 17th, 2017 by

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university in the United Arab Emirates, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thales/Thales Alenia Space and French engineering university MINES ParisTech to develop applications for the Stratobus drone-satellite hybrid airship.

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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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