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AeroVironment announces initial milestone in Solar Haps Program

Assembly of first HAWK30 Solar HAPS

AeroVironment, Inc. a global reference in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, announced the achievement of a significant solar HAPS project milestone, the assembly of the first HAWK30 solar HAPS (High-Altitude Platform Station) for its HAPSMobile joint-venture with SoftBank Corp.Developed and assembled in AeroVironment’s HAPS Innovation Center, the HAWK30 has a wingspan of approximately 260 feet and is propelled by 10 electric motors powered by solar panels covering the surface of the wing, resulting in zero emissions. Flying at an altitude of approximately 65,000 feet above sea level and above the clouds, the HAWK30 is designed for continuous, extended missions of up to months without landing.

The same industry announced the creation of its New England Innovation Center (NEIC). The new office will lead development of advanced solutions complementing AeroVironment’s market-leading small UAS and furthering the company’s growth strategy.

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