Airbus Defense and Space touts Zephyr aircraft partners and customers are being sought by Airbus Defense and Space to participate in a high altitude pseudo-satellite program, or HAPS.

Those recruited would jointly demonstrate their payloads and applications on the company’s Zephyr 8 HAPS platform, an aerial vehicle that runs on solar power at very high altitudes and fills the gap between unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites.

The Zephyr HAPS was developed initially by QinetiQ of Britain. Airbus Defense and Space, which began its own HAPS research project in 2008, acquired the assets of the program and incorporated its designers and engineers into its HAPS “incubator” unit.

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