Recently, the UK space agency made a commitment to invest in HAPs (High Altitude Platforms) with over $25M to improve connectivity & technology. Additionally, several companies such as Mira Aerospace (JV between UAVOS & Bayanat) & BAE Systems achieved testing milestones, while Chinese ALifecom is addressing interoperability of HAPs architecture with other NTN systems. These.
In the digital age, fair access to dependable broadband services remains a pressing concern, particularly in rural and low-density areas. High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) appear as a potential options as telecom providers attempt to overcome the digital divide. But how should these businesses choose which solution is the best? NSR’s High Altitude Platform, 5th Edition report.
Inside Unmanned Systems: HAPS Alliance Growth and Momentum Helps Unlock Potential of the Stratosphere
By 2029, the HAPS market is expected to generate $4 billion in value due to market demand, research, and funding from various agencies, according to Northern Sky Research. However, to tap into the larger market opportunity, HAPS solutions in the stratosphere need to operate in harsh thermal conditions, including temperatures as low as -90°C.
Several programs from the last two decades alone promised the use of stratospheric platforms for comms and observation, most of which fell through in the end. However, recent investments and subsequent mission successes from commercial players such as Alphabet and Airbus have injected a fresh wave of hope.
High Altitude Platforms have remained an emerging market even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is driving this interest, and why might the current wave of HAPs-related activity be any different from those of previous decades?