Thales Alenia Space Stratobus faces imminent test with European Defense Fund HAPS bid

by Peter B. de Selding

 

TOULON, France — The Thales Alenia Space-led team developing the Stratobus high-altitude platform (HAPS) for surveillance and, later, telecommunications services has until Aug. 28 to submit a bid to the European Commission for development funding under the new European Defense Fund.

The fund, which will be expanded in the commission’s proposed seven-year budget starting in 2021, has about 500 million euros to spend before then and has opened a HAPS budget line that Stratobus officials say is well-fit for their . . .

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