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Thales Alenia Space wins EU Airship Demonstration Contract

Thales Alenia Space has won a €43mm (US$45.7mm) contract for the EuroHAPS demonstration project. The project aims to develop and demonstrate several stratospheric platforms, including a 'reduced-scale' Stratobus, a Hybrid High Altitude Airship from CIRA, and an Autonomous Stratospheric Balloon System from ESG and TAO. Demonstration flights are planned in Italy and the Canary Islands in 2024. The Stratobus platform will be a non-rigid helium airship and will operate at altitudes of 18-20 kilometers. Other players include Airbus, SoftBank (via its HAPSMobile unit), Stratospheric Platforms, Avealto, and BAE.

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