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Stratospheric Platforms receives Indonesia investment

UK-based Stratospheric Platforms Limited (SPL) has received investment from PT Profesional Telekomunikasi, a telecommunication infrastructure company in Indonesia. SPL seeks to provide high bandwidth telecoms network coverage from the stratosphere using hydrogen-powered High Altitude Platforms (HAPS) delivered by unmanned aircraft. This strategic partnership and investment will enable SPL to explore with Protelindo development of an […]

January 31, 2023

BT, Stratospheric Platforms trial antenna tech

BT Group and Stratospheric Platforms (SPL) have announced they will test delivering mobile coverage using new antenna technology, designed to be mounted on a High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) aircraft. The trials, being conducted at BT’s global R&D headquarters at Adastral Park, aim to provide coverage to the hardest to reach areas. BT says the project, […]

January 30, 2023

Airbus flies high with Zephyr HAPS

Aerospace giant Airbus has relaunched its high-altitude Platform Station business (HAPS) with a new name, Aalto, and is targeting high-altitude surveillance, 5G and direct-to-device connectivity. The company is expected to seek outside investment for the programme which will then be spun-off as a separate business. Zephyr/Aalto, using very high-flying solar-electric drones, will initially be 100 […]

January 25, 2023

Airbus sells Zephyr HAPS system to Space Compass

Airbus has signed a Letter of Intent for its Zephyr HAPS Connectivity Business with Space Compass of Japan for a cooperation agreement to service the Japanese market with mobile connectivity and earth observation services from the stratosphere. The Zephyr system is a very high aircraft (HAPS/High Altitude Platform System) which can stay aloft for months. […]

November 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

Airbus, Salam to launch Zephyr HAPS

Airbus and Salam, a Saudi Arabian telecoms company which is part of Abu Dhabi’s Mawarid Media & Communications, have signed a strategic partnership to provide the Airbus ‘Zephyr’ High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) to Saudi Arabia. The Airbus Zephyr comprises an unmanned drone or aerial vehicle,which flies at 21,000m (70,000ft) and can stay aloft for […]

October 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

Airbus delivers connectivity through HAPS

Airbus has launched a connectivity services business through the creation of a dedicated HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station) services business based around Zephyr, Airbus’ HAPS technology platform. Airbus says this new business will help enable it to industrialise rapidly and begin serving a substantial total addressable market, providing low-latency connectivity services from the stratosphere for […]

July 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

SoftBank buys Google Loon IP

Google, via its Alphabet parent company, has been developing its Loon high-altitude balloon-based platforms. The concept was that these very high-flying balloons would be platforms for distributing broadband signals to the ground. Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank says it has bought about 200 IP patents for Google’s High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) from Loon and will […]

October 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

HAPS to boost rural connectivity

Dr Ogbonnaya Anicho, a scientist at Liverpool Hope University, in the northwest of England, has called for High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) to form part of all future pandemic strategic planning. According to UNESCO, around 45 per cent of the world’s population still has no access to the Internet. In recent weeks, the World Economic […]

June 16, 2020