21 companies will work on European Defence Fund HAPS designs. Guess who’s not on the list?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Airbus waited four years after the 26-day flight demonstration of its Zephyr fixed-wing stratospheric vehicle for Earth observation and telecommunications before creating a company to commercialize it.

On July 18, it announced the formation of Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions Ltd., to be run by a satcom veteran: https://bit.ly/3OgXC3X

Just two days later, the European Commission announced the award of 1.2 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in contract . . .

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