HAPS

HIGH ALTITUDE

PLATFORMS

Developing novel uses for high altitude platform infrastructures that incorporate radio communications technologies being developed by e2E's engineers.

What are High Altitude Platforms?

High Altitude Platforms are aircraft, airships or balloons that are positioned to operate in the stratosphere and therefore above conventional aircraft operations.

HAPs can be operated to provide persistent services to users operating within a specific coverage area and at short notice. As a result, HAPs are being readied to deliver a variety of services including wireless communications, remote sensing applications, real-time monitoring of ground-based infrastructure and environmental surveillance.

Compared to satellites, HAPs bring reduced latency, cheaper operation and an ability to return to earth for maintenance or payload reconfiguration.

Related Projects

Uam – Niche Managed Communication Services using Innovative Delivery Platforms

Continual advances in new Innovative Delivery Platforms (IDP) such as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), High Altitude Platforms (HAP) and small satellites is presenting new opportunities in space and related sectors. Equipping these IDPs with increasingly compact equipment means they can serve as communication nodes thereby providing more attractive and cost-effective solutions for exchanging a wealth of information to and from regions with inferior cellular/terrestrial coverage or where networks need to be setup dynamically at short notice. This in turn can stimulate the growth of more downstream services, applications and players as well as improving business models as part of the evolving Next Generation Network (NGN) eco-system. e2E is developing a communications payload capability and supporting ground terminal infrastructure that will support the delivery of broadband and narrowband applications and services from these platforms.