The € 17 million grant from the French government's investment project will be used for what Thales Alenia Space calls "transportation between drones and satellites ".
"While the autonomous same-story spacecraft looks like the intersection between the First World War barrage balloon and the Zeppelin airship, it can actually be much higher than normal air traffic.
The solar panel will generate power for the ship's electric propulsion system, enabling it to remain stationary at Winds of up to 90 km/h.
Its creators claim that the service life of the cloud bus is five years and can be hung over 20 kilometers on the surface of the Earth, providing a view range of about 500 kilometers.
What is 100-meter-
It is not known that long solar energy blimp will be used.
However, Thales marketed it as a platform for observation and as a warrior for future international terrorism.
According to the Thales Group, although the same-layer bus was conceived in 2014, the R & D phase of the electronic blimp has finally begun.
"Stratobus is located between a drone and a satellite, making
Jean-said: "The cost product provides permanent regional coverage and ideally complements the satellite solution
Project manager Philip chesell
"Stratobus only uses solar and green technology, and the carbon footprint is very small --
Much smaller than a small private jet.
In addition to the video surveillance system, the French multinational company has developed hardware such as rocket and mortar systems for French and foreign troops.
The work of the Thales Group includes more than one
A weapon system called SWARM that allows users to transmit guns or grenade launchers within a safe distance.
It was used by American and British forces.
The company has a market capitalization of about $12 billion, accounting for 599 of the Forbes Global Top 2000 list last year.