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High-altitude platforms for wireless communications

Tozer, T.C. and Grace, D. (2001) High-altitude platforms for wireless communications. Electronics and Communications Engineering Journal, 13 ( 3). pp. 127-137. ISSN 0954-0695

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The demand for high-capacity wireless services is bringing increasing challenges, especially for delivery of the “last mile”. Terrestrially, the need for line-of-sight propagation paths represents a constraint unless very large numbers of base-station masts are deployed, while satellite systems have capacity limitations. An emerging solution is offered by high-altitude platforms (HAPs) operating in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 22 km to provide communication facilities that can exploit the best features of both terrestrial and satellite schemes. This paper outlines the application and features of HAPs, and some specific development programmes. Particular consideration is given to the use of HAPs for delivery of future broadband wireless communications.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Electronics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 08:07
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2009 08:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/ecej:20010303
Status: Published
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology
Identification Number: 10.1049/ecej:20010303
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5998

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