The European Space Agency has released several concepts for High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS), platforms which float in the upper atmosphere for long periods of time. The agency calls them “a ‘missing link’ between drones and satellites.”
These could be used to provide high-resolution coverage in highly populated or difficult-to-reach areas, cover blind spots in satellite coverage, or improve signal delay times for wide bandwidth communications.
“We’ve been looking into the concept for the last 20 years but now finally it’s becoming reality,” said Earth Observation Specialist Thorsten Fehr in a press release. “That’s come about through the maturing of key technologies: miniaturized avionics, high-performance solar cells, lightweight batteries and harness, miniaturization of Earth observation sensors, and high-bandwidth communication links that can deliver competitively priced services.”
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