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One of the first operational concepts for the safe and efficient integration of high-altitude pseudo-satellites (HAPS) into airspace is being developed and validated as part of the OBeLiSk project. The team behind the project brings together organisations from the private sector (Leichtwerk Research and Unisphere), State-owned entities (the German air navigation service provider (DFS), the German Meteorological Service (DWD)) and the …

OBeLiSk – a Research Program to support Integration of HAPS into the Civil Airspace Read More »

High Altitude Platform Stations are aircraft systems for stratospheric operations in an air density of about 7 % of the ground standard atmosphere. HAPS loiter at their station for multiple days. The unfriendly environment and the kind of operation ask for unmanned aircraft systems controlled by pilots in a Ground Control Station. This is quite …

Regulatory Bodies and Regulations for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Read More »

Based on concrete specifications from the telecommunications industry, Leichtwerk AG at the Braunschweig Research Airport has been developing an unmanned, high-flying platform with a flight duration of several days for operation in civil airspace since 2015. Certification and aviation safety authorities have been involved in the project from the outset. The payload uses special beamforming …

Hydrogen Powered HAPS Project ‘StratoStreamer’ Read More »

Ubiquitous 5G telecommunication services open up particular opportunities for the automotive industry. With the integration of on board systems to sense the car’s surrounding highly assisted driving became possible. For further development towards autonomous drive an interaction between vehicles, the traffic infrastructure and other mobile participants is required. HAPS with their immersive data connection and …

5G and connected Mobility Read More »

Information and communication services need to be tailored to regional demands in our multifaceted and complex world. A viable world-wide connectivity solution needs to adress local demands and must be based on a sound business case in terms of cost, price and customer satisfaction. The United Nations Development Goals ask for affordability of information and …

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the United Nations Development Goals Read More »

Besides high-speed communication between end users, 5G also enables the Internet of Things (IoT), physical objects like sensors and devices connected to other systems. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) released a report on the 5G Strategy for Germany in 2017, identifying six major application domains for 5G networks. eHeatlth, with teleconsultation …

Impact of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) on German Economy Read More »

Summary from The Impact of ICTs on Human Development in Tanzania, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2020. Over the past three decades, the number of the poor in Africa has doubled, HIV/AIDS continues to threaten people’s lives, and many countries are affected by conflicts [1]. Africa is the only region that did not achieve most of …

Sub-Saharan Africa and Tanzania Read More »

Broadband communication using HAPS and satellites enable area-wide connectivity as an alternative to terrestrial systems. As of today, several systems are under development or are currently tested. HAPS operate at altitudes of about 20 km and can be either static lift balloons and airships, or airplanes. The broadband footprint covers a circular area with a …

Internet from the Sky – HAPS and Satellites integrated in the global Broadband Infrastructure Read More »