Head office
Farnborough, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Company type
Direct Employer
Company size
51-200 Employees
Founding year
UAV Operations Aerospace Engineers General Engineers Flight Operations Space
AALTO is building a stratospheric future, using our world-record-breaking Zephyr HAPS. We know that this future begins with the people who make it all possible. That's why the employer brand which we are trying to project is all about keeping it simple and human. We've tried to make our recruitment process reflect that ambition, and we hope that this is something you feel throughout. We very much look forward to receiving your application!


Our timeline: 

  • 2001 - Zephyr concept conceived by Chris Kelleher, pilot and a world renowned expert in aerodynamics
  • 2004 - Zephyr 4 Australia flight demonstrates performance characteristics of a HALE UAV concept
  • 2006 - Zephyr 6 USA flight trials carry first communications and imaging payloads
  • 2010 - Zephyr 7 maiden flight in the USA achieves the official endurance world record of 14 days, 22 minutes, 8 seconds. Longer than any other aircraft, unrefueled
  • 2011 - First permission from EASA for flight in European civilian airspace
  • 2013 - The Zephyr project becomes part of Airbus
  • 2014 - Flight trial undertaken for a civil customer from a site near Dubai Airport – fully integrated into Dubai civil airspace
  • 2016 - British Ministry of Defence becomes first government customer
  • 2017 - First commercial customer
  • 2018 - Zephyr 8 beats previous world record set by us: almost 26 days of flight & Production site launch in Farnborough, named in honour of Chris Kelleher
  • 2022 - Airbus launches Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions as a dedicated subsidiary, leading Zephyr's commercialisation & Zephyr 8 sets the new record: over 64 days in the stratosphere, non-stop
  • 2023 - Airbus HAPS Connectivity Solutions rebrands as AALTO

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