HAPSMobile working with Facebook to accelerate HAPS adoption

HAPSMobile Inc., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., has announced that it joined Facebook´s High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) flight demonstration conducted on August 8, 2019 in Oudtshoorn, South Africa as part of a collaboration between the two companies to accelerate the development and adoption of HAPS communication technologies, the company said.

The companies share a vision of leveraging HAPS systems to build stable Internet connectivity environments at locations unserved by telecommunication networks, including mountainous terrain, remote islands and developing countries.

For the flight demonstration, a small general aviation aircraft flying at an altitude of 4km was equipped with Facebook´s advanced communication system. The test flight utilized the same 26GHz and 38GHz HAPS spectrum bands that will be considered for HAPS at the WRC-19 (World Radio Conference) in Egypt in October 2019.

The flight demonstration showcased how the HAPS system could provide mobile backhaul to enable mobile operators to extend broadband connectivity to rural areas that have either been entirely unserved due to lack of backhaul or allow them to upgrade 2G or 3G base stations to today´s broadband speeds given this source of high capacity backhaul.

HAPSMobile is primarily engaged in network equipment research and development for the HAPS business, construction of core networks, new business planning and activities for spectrum usage. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) is HAPSMobile´s minority owner and aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems. HAPSMobile has a strategic relationship with Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. For more information, visit https://www.hapsmobile.com