The Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro has unveiled plans to develop a Solar-Powered High-Altitude Platform (HAP) capable of staying airborne for up to 12-months. Targeting defense, telecommunications, and environmental monitoring, it promises persistent surveillance and communication, for example providing low-cost mass internet access to remote areas with a 10Gbps base station. With solar panels and lightweight design, it is designed to offer cost savings and environmental sustainability and to showcases India’s aerospace ambitions.
L&T joins two other companies to develop a HAP platforms; Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in partnership with NewSpace Research, and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).
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