Richard Gardner reports on the growing pace of activity and interest in High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS). The concept of using a high-flying, unmanned, solar-powered air vehicle, to provide persistent services that previously could only be enabled by using space satellites, has been featured before but now the momentum has moved up several notches as aircraft enter the production phase, and with growing competition entering this all-new market.
Sikorsky tested a new full-authority, fly-by-wire flight control technology kit for the first time on a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter. The flight marked the beginning of the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted rotorcraft.
Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS) in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is developing a new additive manufacturing (AM) platform for short-run metal applications based on Stratasys’ Layered Powder Metallurgy (LPM) technology, designed to make production of metal parts faster, easier, and more cost-effective, with the goal of helping customers pioneer a new era in additive manufacturing for production-grade metal parts, officials say.