HAPSMobile, the joint venture between AeroVironment and Japan’s SoftBank, is preparing to fly the Hawk30 high-altitude pseudo-satellite at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB in California.  Ground tests of the solar-powered, 260-ft.-span unmanned aircraft began at NASA Armstrong in June 2019 and the venture has now received a limited flight release from the center’s safety review board to conduct a test flight in restricted airspace at Edwards. The ...


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