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Author: Claude Rousseau (X)

  • The debate over best orbit and capacity (frequency) type to provide services is ever present in the land-mobile satcom market.  This is especially so since FSS Ku-band operators made inroads in the last decade with higher VSAT speeds against MSS narrowband.  Even before that, competition between so called Big LEO and GEO services in L-band was and still is fierce.  But will this conversation further split the market and affect possible synergies between the players in GEO and new…

  • Adjusting HAPs Ambitions

    Mar 11th, 2017 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    In announcing last month that it would downsize its Loon project, internet search giant Google actually moved a step forward towards its goal of providing connectivity via high-altitude balloons. The reset tapers the fledging project’s ambitions but sends the message that ‘business is business’ and making profit comes first instead of long-term R&D for wide-scale, global efforts without a focus. And for these HAPs, balloons are where the most of the revenue-generation potential exists.

  • Which Apps to Carry HAPs Forward?

    Jan 29th, 2017 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs), offer distinct advantages and are at the same time complementary to satellites. These balloons, airships, and pseudo-satellites are seeing a revival in interest and an upswing in the number of applications considered such as communications, ISR, scientific research and adventure tourism. A few recent announcements, however, point to what NSR found in its High-Altitude Platforms report: more partnerships and a significant focus on two key historical target…