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High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellites for Telecommunication and complementary space applications

Thu, 12/09/2021 - 09:43
Start Date: 
2016
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2018
Programme Reference: 
15/708-b
Country: 
France
Contractor: 
Airbus Defence & Space
Description: 

The interest for HAPS is increasing in many areas, from military and security to commercial services. On the Telecom side, HAPS are seen as relays to provide Internet services worldwide, and as a possible complement to satellites. On the Earth Observation side, the near-Space location of the HAPS enables new services or may improve the existing satellite ones. From the satellite or from the HAPS market sides, it is important to understand how both systems can offer complementary services, and what the possible synergies between them are. The main objectives of the study have been to identify the Telecom and Earth Observation services where the HAPS system may bring added values in performance or cost, compared to satellite or terrestrial ones, to highlight gaps in HAPS technologies and to propose a development plan and a roadmap to proceed towards an operational service in the next 5 years.

Application Domain: 
Telecommunications
Keywords: 
HAPS
Telecommunication
Augmented Services
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