Satellite & Space Applications

High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition

High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition

PUBLISHED: July 2020

Available Licenses: Standard: $3,495 Enterprise: $5,995

  • Report Summary
  • Key Features
  • Table of Contents
  • Supporting Articles

NSR’s High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition (HAPs4) report dives into the global HAPs market, detailing industry trends on ongoing projects, platforms, applications and growth forecasts across all platform types and regions. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the many HAPs plans, deals and proposals currently laid out by multiple players looking to enter the HAPs markets with the use of airships, stratospheric balloons and pseudo-satellites for communications, remote sensing, launch and other applications.

A comparison of the unique value proposition of HAPs is presented, alongside satellites and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The current wave of HAPs interest is analyzed in this report, with a breakdown of key factors and trends driving the market. The report leverages NSR’s extensive experience in evaluating the HAPs, satellite and UAS markets, touching upon themes related to communications and remote sensing, amongst other applications.


NSR’s HAPs4 report forecasts HAPs in-service/manufactured unit growth and revenue opportunities across three platform types and five world regions. This report also delves into the major applications suitable for HAPs and breaks down the forecast across communications and remote sensing, seen as the main use cases for HAPs at present. A discussion of other key applications such as science, launch and technology testing is also presented.  This report also leverages NSR’s leading research into the Satcom and Earth Observation markets.

NSR’s High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition answers these key questions:

  • What is the state of the High-Altitude Platforms market?
  • What are recent key industry updates and deals in the HAPs markets?
  • What are the capabilities of available and upcoming HAPs, and how will this industry progress?
  • How many HAPs platforms will be in service over the coming decade, and how much revenue will be generated by HAPs?
  • What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HAPs markets?
  • What is the service revenue opportunity across applications in the HAPs markets?

BOTTOM LINE: How does NSR see the market for High Altitude Platforms evolve over the next ten years?

NSR’s High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition report presents a detailed study of this emerging sector, to help readers assess the various market components and includes the following elements:

  • A comprehensive State-of-the-Market analysis
  • An in-depth analysis of the top HAPs applications
  • Forecast of unit in-service, manufacturing and services revenues growth across platforms and regions
  • Forecast of service revenues across key applications

NSR’s High Altitude Platforms, 4th Edition forecasts the revenue opportunity, dividing the market into 3 platform types, across multiple world regions.

Who Should Purchase this Report?

  • High Altitude Platform (Airship, Balloon, Pseudo-Satellite) Manufacturers, Service Providers & Operators
  • High Altitude Platform Payload Providers & Integrators
  • Satellite Service (Communications & Earth Observation) Providers & Operators
  • UAS Service Providers & Operators
  • Policy and Regulatory Authorities
  • Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Investment Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Public Agencies active in Space, Defense, Scientific Research & Education
  • Earth Observation/Remote Sensing Service Customers
  • Communications, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Intelligence Users

Companies and Organizations Mentioned in HAPs4:

AeroVironment, Airbus, Airstar Aerospace, Alphabet, AlphaLink, AT&T, Aurora Flight Sciences, Avealto, AVIC, BAE Systems, Blue Origin, CASIC, CNES, CNIM Group, ESA, Facebook, HAPsMobile, Hispasat, JAXA, JP Aerospace, KuangChi Science, LEO Aerospace, Loon, NASA, Ordnance Survey, Prismatic, Raven Industries, Sceye, Softbank, SpaceX, Tao Group, Thales Alenia Space, TIFR, T-Mobile, U.S. DoD, Virgin Galactic, WorldView Enterprises, and Zero2Infinity.

Table of Contents


Executive Summary

  1. State of the Market
    1. COVID-19 Impact
    2. HAPs Market Overview
      1. State of the Market: Airships
      2. State of the Market: Balloons
      3. State of the Market: Pseudo-Satellites
    3. Market Trends
    4. HAPS Market Drivers & Restraints
    5. Key Industry Updates & Deals
    6. The Bottom Line: State of HAPs Markets
  2. Market Landscape
    1. Market Landscape: Platforms
    2. Market Landscape: Sectors
  3. Market Forecasts
    1. Global Market Forecast
      1. Global Market Forecast: Units & Revenues
      2. NSR Forecast Comparison
    2. Market Forecasts: Platforms
      1. Airships Market Forecast
      2. Balloons Market Forecast
      3. Pseudo-Satellites Market Forecast
    3. Market Forecasts: Applications
      1. Service Revenues: Communications
      2. Service Revenues : Remote Sensing
      3. Service Revenues: Other Applications


  • Quest Methodology
  • Forecast Timeline

List of Exhibits

1. State of the Market

  • Current Status of HAP Programs
  • Current Status of Airship Programs
  • Current Status of Balloon Programs
  • Current Status of Pseudo-Satellite Programs

3. Market Forecasts

  • Global HAPs Market
  • Global In-Service Units, by Scenario
  • Global In-Service Units, by Region
  • Global HAPs Revenues, by Platform
  • Global HAPs Revenues, by Region
  • Global HAPs Revenues, by Platform
  • Global HAPs In-Service Units Forecast Comparison
  • Global HAPs Manufacturing Revenues Forecast Comparison
  • Global HAPs Service Revenues Forecast Comparison
  • Global Airships Market
  • Airships Service Revenues, by Application
  • Airships In-Service Units, by Scenario
  • Airships In-Service Units, by Region
  • Airships Manufacturing Revenues, by Region
  • Airships Service Revenues, by Region
  • Global Balloons Market
  • Balloons Service Revenues, by Application
  • Balloons In-Service Units, by Scenario
  • Balloons In-Service Units, by Region
  • Balloons Manufactured Units, by Scenario
  • Balloons Manufactured Units, by Region
  • Balloons Manufacturing Revenues, by Region
  • Balloons Service Revenues, by Region
  • Global Pseudo-Satellites Market
  • Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues, by Application
  • Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units, by Scenario
  • Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units, by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites Manufacturing Revenues, by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues, by Region
  • Communications Service Revenues, by Platform
  • Remote Sensing Service Revenues, by Platform
  • Other Applications Service Revenues, by Platform
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