Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore ways in which they can collaborate on high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) and Formula 1 technologies.
Airbus’ Zephyr HAPS unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is one of the focuses of the work, which could benefit from Williams’ lightweight composites and battery experience.
Williams has been the sole battery supplier for the FIA Formula E championship since it began, and the technology used has therefore been tried and tested, the companies say. Its lightweight structures and materials, meanwhile, are critical to motor racing, and could roll into a development like the Zephyr.
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