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Williams, Airbus sign MoU for Zephyr

21st December 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Airbus Defence and Space has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Williams Advanced Engineering to explore potential areas of technological collaboration, the company announced on 18 December.

Under the MoU, the two companies will examine applications that may combine Williams’ lightweight composites and battery expertise with Airbus’ Zephyr High-Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) programme.

Airbus’ Zephyr is a UAS with communications and surveillance capabilities. The UAS can fly at over 65,000ft, above commercial air traffic, for months at a time. The first production examples are currently being manufactured for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: ‘Airbus is a name synonymous with innovation and technology in the industry. We are delighted to be working with them on this project, and hope to share some of our expertise in electrification, battery systems and advanced lightweight materials.’

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