Airbus’ HAPS startup Aalto lands Japanese investment for ‘next phase’


Long-sought funding set to help Aalto accelerate commercial deployment of its Zephyr stations, through which it aims to provide non-terrestrial, direct-to-device mobile connectivity, among other applications.

This article includes:

  • Organisations: Aalto; Airbus; Airbus Defence and Space; BAE Systems; Development Bank of Japan; Deutsche Telekom; HAPS Japan Corporation; HAPSMobile; Mizuho Bank; NTT DOCOMO; Paradise Mobile; Prismatic; Protelindo; SoftBank; Space Compass; Stratospheric Platforms; stc Group.
  • People: Samer Halawi.
  • Themes: 5G; Aircraft; Commercialisation; Direct-to-device connectivity (D2D); Earth observation solutions; High-altitude platform systems (HAPS); Investment; Investors; Mobile network operators (MNO); Monitoring applications; Network resiliency; Non-terrestrial networks (NTN); Rural connectivity; Strategy and change; Tracking applications.
  • Geographic: Asia; Bermuda; Indonesia; Japan; Saudi Arabia; UK.

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