HAPSMobile completes 4th test flight of high-altitude platform system

HAPSMobile Inc., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) has announced the fourth successful test flight of its solar-powered unmanned aircraft high-altitude platform system (HAPS), the company said.

The flight took place on July 23, 2020 (PT) at Spaceport America in New Mexico. With all basic aircraft tests for the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) now complete, HAPSMobile will proceed with preparations for stratospheric test flights.

HAPSMobile is minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV, that plans and operates a High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business with the aim of bridging the world´s digital divide. HAPSMobile is primarily engaged in network equipment research and development for the HAPS business, construction of core networks, new business planning and activities for spectrum usage.