HAPSMobile Sets Up Shop at Spaceport America

Posted on June 20, 2020
solar-powered satellite at Spaceport America

HAPSMobile will use Sierra County New Mexico’s Spaceport America as a site for test operations and development of a high altitude endurance communications platform.

HAPSMobile, a joint venture between aircraft development company AeroVironment and Japan’s SoftBank, is developing an unmanned solar-powered High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) drone, the Hawk30.

The Hawk30, with a wingspan measuring 260 feet, is designed to circle in the stratosphere for extended periods of time at an altitude of around 65,000 feet while carrying a telecommunications payload.

The Hawk30 made its first flight last September.

The work at Spaceport America will help HAPSMobile and AeroVironment obtain government certification for the unmanned aircraft system.

Sierra County Recreation and Tourism
301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences NM
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575-894-1968

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