The growing exigencies for both mobility and ubiquitous access prompted the development of new generation wireless telecommunications systems. Terrestrial Communications Infrastructure shows an impressive degree of pluralism and respectful efforts for integration. Satellite communications went through impressive configurations (LEOs, MEOs, HEOs) to result in mature broadcast and multicast protocols. And within the last few years, a great deal of attention has been drawn toward platforms soaring above the earth, usually in the stratosphere at an altitude between 17 and 23 km, termed High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) or Stratospheric platforms or High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Platforms. Nonetheless, despite the considerable interest that this type of system has gained, applications are not flourishing proportionally due to a misleading priority that has been given to the design and deployment of the “perfect” HAP, which would have the optimum characteristics for cost effective and technically perfect performance. Thus, any deployment seemed to start slowing down. Today, a new attempt is made through EC projects or other national initiatives to push the applications domain over existing Aerial and Space systems at an acceptable performance level and try to create a market to meet the really existing social needs.
The scope of this workshop is to act as a catalyst for a thorough overview of existing applications by providing a forum for leading actors from academia, industry and government worldwide to illustrate the potential of HALE, MAE UAVs (Medium Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), etc. In parallel, the workshop aims at identifying the key issues to be addressed by future research in this field (wireless, optical communications, navigation possibilities, various applications) and forge new links among leading experts.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Hybrid space architectures
- Design, manufacturing and testing of stratospheric vehicles
- Standardization issues
- Multicast/Broadcast protocols for HAPs or Hybrid systems (satellite-HAPs)
- Advances in backhaul optical links
- Case studies and trials (surveillance, remote sensing, navigation and positioning services, etc)
- Coexistence with other systems (WiMAX, HSDPA etc)
- Antenna technology (steering solutions, beamforming techniques)
- Radio resource management (admission control, MAC protocols)
- MIMO technology and diversity techniques