Northern Sky Research

High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs)

Published: January 2017

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High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) expands NSR’s superior and unique market research in the aerial and space realm. HAPs, including balloons, airships, and pseudo-satellites (also known as atmospheric satellites), offer advantages and complementary applications over satellites and UAS at relatively lower cost. This first ever study on platforms and vehicles flying above controlled airspace builds on NSR’s extensive experience in evaluating unmanned aerial vehicles and atmospheric platform capabilities worldwide, including trends and opportunities to help readers better understand the potential future growth in this market.

As the market research leader on the subject, NSR offers an exclusive view on projects underway, the main actors, the segments involved, the technologies, the applications, the impact of HAPs on satellite and UAS applications, and the potential growth of HAP usage and revenue. NSR dives into the programs and partnerships needed between or currently established between government and industry for certifying and operating HAPs, as well as the current and emerging applications and how HAPs compete or complement satellite and UAS.

This complete analytical tool helps readers track the development and advances of the evolving HAPs market and answers fundamental questions such as:

  • Who are the main players and what is their development roadmap?
  • What are the key advantages of HAPs over satellite and UAS?
  • What are the capabilities of available and upcoming HAPs?
  • What funding drivers contribute to the progress and delay of the HAPs market?
  • What are the entry barriers for HAPs providers to overcome?
  • Which HAPs providers are likely to succeed?
  • What level of growth is expected and in which HAPs applications?
  • How many HAPs will be in service in the next ten years?
  • What will be the revenues generated by HAPs in the coming decade?
  • How do government regulation progress?
  • Bottom line: Will HAPs become strong competitors to other platforms and for which applications?

Unparalleled HAPs Market Analysis

High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) provides an in-depth analysis of key parameters to help readers assess the various markets components and includes the following elements:

  • A global comparison of over 30 active, in-development, and proposed HAPs
  • An in-depth analysis of the top HAPs applications
  • Projections of unit growth, price, and revenue



High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs): Report Segmentation

Who Should Purchase this Report?

  • Airship, Balloon, Pseudo-Satellite Providers and Operators
  • Airship, Balloon, Pseudo-Satellite Payload Providers and Integrators
  • Satellite Providers and Operators
  • UAS Providers and Operators
  • Experimental Aircraft, High-Altitude Aircraft, and Aerostat Providers and Operators
  • Sensor, Power, and Avionics Technology Developers
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Users
  • Communications, Navigation, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Users
  • Adventure Tourism Agencies
  • National Space Agencies
  • Military and Defense Agencies
  • Government Regulators and Policy Makers
  • Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Financial Institutions

Executive Summary
ES.1 Executive Summary: Key Findings
ES.2 Executive Summary: Airships
ES.3 Executive Summary: Balloons
ES.4. Executive Summary: Pseudo-Satellites

1. Market Overview
1.1 Definitions
   1.1.1 Definitions & Scope: Acronyms
   1.1.2 Definitions & Scope: High-Altitude
   1.1.3 Definitions & Scope: Airships
   1.1.4 Definitions & Scope: Balloons
   1.1.5 Definitions & Scope: Pseudo-Satellites
1.2 State of the Market
   1.2.1 State of the Market: Airships
   1.2.2 State of the Market: Balloons
   1.2.3 State of the Market: Pseudo-Satellites
1.3 Market Drivers & Barriers
   1.3.1 Market Drivers & Barriers: Growth
   1.3.2 Market Drivers & Barriers: Barriers
1.4 Funding
1.5 Cost Comparison
1.6 Comparison to Satellites
1.7 Comparison to Lower-Altitude UAV
1.8 Main Actors
   1.8.1 Main Actors: Airships
   1.8.2 Main Actors: Balloons
   1.8.3 Main Actors: Pseudo-Satellites
1.9 Main Actors by Sector
   1.9.1 Main Actors by Sector: Military
   1.9.2 Main Actors by Sector: Civil Government
   1.9.3 Main Actors by Sector: Commercial
1.10 Capabilities Comparison
   1.10.1 Capabilities Comparison: Airships
   1.10.2 Capabilities Comparison: Balloons
   1.10.3 Capabilities Comparison: Pseudo-Satellites
1.11 Ground Operations
1.12 Power

2. Applications
2.1 Communications
2.2 Navigation, Remote Sensing, & Surveillance
2.3 Scientific Research & Technology Testing
2.4 Emerging Applications

3. Regulations & Restraints
3.1 Regulations
3.2 Restraints

4. Market Forecast
4.1 Units
   4.1.1 Units: Airships
   4.1.2 Units: Balloons
   4.1.3 Units: Pseudo-Satellites
4.2 Revenues
   4.2.1 Revenues: Airships
   4.2.2 Revenues: Balloons
   4.2.3 Revenues: Pseudo-Satellites

Appendix: Methodology & Data

List of Exhibits

Executive Summary
Number of Companies & Organizations Pursuing Target Applications
Airship Industry Growth
Balloon Industry Growth
Pseudo-Satellite Industry Growth

1. Market Overview
Typical Atmospheric Profile: Wind Speed vs. Altitude
Typical Atmospheric Profile: Temperature vs. Altitude
Current Status of High-Altitude Platform Programs by Type
Current Status of High-Altitude Platform Programs by Level
Airship Programs Status by Region
Balloon Programs Status by Region
Pseudo-Satellite Projects Status by Region
HAPs Investment over Past 15 Years
Investments by HAP Type
Investment Sources
Government Investment Sources
Publicly Traded Companies’ Annual Revenue ($M)
Publicly Traded Companies’ Annual Revenue ($B)
NASDAQ over Past Ten Years
Cost Comparison by Platform
Satellites vs. HAPs
UAVs vs. HAPs
Main Actors: Airships
Main Actors: Balloons
Main Actors: Pseudo-Satellites
Capabilities Comparison
Maximum Altitude vs. Maximum Payload
Maximum Altitude vs. Maximum Duration
Maximum Duration vs. Maximum Payload
Airship Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
Airship Goal Mission Duration
Airship Goal & Achieved Altitudes
Airship Maximum Payload Upmass
Balloon Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
Balloon Goal Mission Duration
Balloon Goal & Achieved Altitudes
Balloon Maximum Payload Upmass
Pseudo-Satellite Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
Pseudo-Satellite Goal Mission Duration
Pseudo-Satellite Goal & Achieved Altitudes
Pseudo-Satellite Maximum Payload Upmass
Power Options
Airship Power
Pseudo-Satellite Power

2. Applications
Communications Latency
Communications Coverage
HAPs Targeting Communications Applications
HAPs Targeting Remote Sensing & Surveillance Applications
HAPs Targeting Navigation Applications
HAPs Targeting Scientific Research Applications
HAPs Targeting Technology Testing Applications
Number of Companies & Organizations Targeting Emerging Applications

3. Regulations & Restraints
Long-Duration Balloon Trajectory

4. Market Forecast
Global HAPs Units by Platform
Airships In-Service Units By Scenario
Airships In-Service Units by Region
Balloons In-Service Units By Scenario
Balloons In-Service Units by Region
Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units By Scenario
Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units by Region
Global HAPs Revenues by Region
Global HAPs Revenues by Platform
Airships Revenues
Airships Revenues by Region
Airships Equipment Revenues
Airships Equipment Revenues by Region
Airships Service Revenues
Airships Service Revenues by Region
Balloons Revenues
Balloons Revenues by Region
Balloons Equipment Revenues
Balloons Equipment Revenues by Region
Balloons Service Revenues
Balloons Service Revenues by Region
Pseudo-Satellites Revenues
Pseudo-Satellites Revenues by Region
Pseudo-Satellites Equipment Revenues
Pseudo-Satellites Equipment Revenues by Region
Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues
Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues by Region

Methodology & Data
Interviewee Type
Interviewee Sector
Interviewee Status