Airbus creates stratospheric-HAPS company for broadband, imaging markets, aims for commercial operation in 2024

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Airbus’s new subsidiary to commercialize the company’s Zephyr fixed-wing aircraft for broadband and Earth observation expects to be in commercial service starting in late 2024.

Samer Halawi, who has wide experience with satellite operators Thuraya, Intelsat and OneWeb, said it will take about that long for the Zephyr stratospheric aircraft to obtain licenses from air navigation authorities.

Halawi said telecommunications and Earth observation service provision are equally promising markets for Zephyr, which in 2018 demonstrated an ab . . .

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