Collaboration to advance high altitude pseudo-satellite programme

December 20th, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Under the terms of a newly signed memorandum of understanding, Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering (the engineering and technology business of Williams Grand Prix Engineering), will examine applications that may combine Williams’ lightweight composites and battery expertise with Airbus’ Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) programme. Zephyr is a solar-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) with unique communications and surveillance capabilities.

It will fly at more than 65 000 ft above commercial air traffic for months at a time. The first production examples are being manufactured at Farnborough for the UK Ministry of Defence. As sole battery supplier to the FIA Formula E championship since its inception, the company’s battery technology has been tried and tested, and its expertise in electrification has become core to the business. With four decades of experience at in motor racing, where lightweight materials and structures are crucial, Williams is now developing these technologies and finding innovative solutions to weight saving.

Contact Corné Eloff, Airbus Defence and Space, Tel 011 266-2614,