UAV maker and forerunner AeroVironment counts seven unmanned and human-powered aircraft hanging in Smithsonian museums around Washington, from the record-holder Solar Challenger to the high-altitude, long-endurance Pathfinder. Now, executives sound certain about a future aircraft tourists will be gawking at: AeroVironment’s secretive, high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS). Better yet, they say, the company already is booking money from the aircraft—perhaps putting it ahead ...

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