AeroVironment in joint venture with Softbank to develop solar-powered HALE UAS

American aerospace company AeroVironment has entered into a joint venture with Japan’s Softbank to develop solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial operations.

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Named HAPSMobile, the Japanese corporation is 95 percent funded and owned by SoftBank with AeroVironment taking a small stake.

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