American defence contractor AeroVironment has signed a lease with Spaceport America to allow the former’s telecommunications technology to be based there.
HAPSMobile is a joint venture, started by AeroVironment and SoftBank Corporation.
It is in the process of creating a 260-foot wingspan unmanned telecommunications aircraft that will provide internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
The unmanned solar-powered High Altitude Platform Station has also been referred to as a ‘cell tower in the sky’.
The aircraft will fly at around 65,000 feet above sea level.
HAPSMobile will now use Spaceport America facilities in New Mexico for the testing and development of the technology.
The lease was signed in March, according to a recent announcement, and it is expected that the company will make significant investments in the New Mexico facility.
“The project is an exciting concept that can positively impact communities and relief efforts throughout the world with internet connectivity. We are tremendously proud to have this program, along with their high-tech staff, as our newest collaborator at the Spaceport,” Daniel Hicks, executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, said.