Technology - Stream 2

Stratospheric Equipment Platforms – for real this time?

Theatre 2 19 October 2023 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Daniel Field

On paper, High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) seem great. They promise to hold comms equipment at heights around 20 kilometres, filling the gap between terrestrial and satellite. But they seem to be perpetually “a few years away”. What’s going on?

We look at HAPS development, dive into the major technical challenges and lessons learnt, and survey current projects showing promise around the world. Join us to understand why this technology might truly be just around the corner (for real this time), and the constraints you’ll need to consider if you want to use this increasingly viable option.