HAPSMobile, the joint venture between AeroVironment and Japan’s SoftBank, has flown the prototype Hawk30 high-altitude pseudo-satellite in restricted airspace at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB in California. HAPSMobile has not released details or imagery of the Sept. 11 flight, but says it was conducted at low altitude. Stratospheric flight tests are planned to begin from the Hawaiian island of Lanai before the end of SoftBank’s fiscal year on March 31, ...

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