Possible Applications of High Altitude Platform Systems for the Security of South America and South Europe

Horváth, Attila (2021) Possible Applications of High Altitude Platform Systems for the Security of South America and South Europe. ACADEMIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH IN MILITARY AND PUBLIC MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, 20 (SP). pp. 79-94. ISSN 2498-5392 (print); 2786-0744 (online)

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High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS)3, or pseudo satellites, are atmospheric, specifically, stratospheric Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS).4 These systems can provide services comparable to outer space satellite systems, however, they can be operated without the need of an orbital launch capability. While their geographical coverage is limited compared to space satellites, they can provide persistent coverage over a given area for a long time, weeks or even months. Pseudo satellites can carry Earth observation or radiocommunication payloads, just like satellites. In this article I will provide an overview of HAPS capabilities and potential applications, based on an imaginary operational scenario, namely, the reconnaissance support of a law enforcement operation to defend offshore gas facilities from a planned attack by an eco-terrorist group near Venezuela. At the same time, HAPS can support any defence, emergency response or natural resource observation operation. The complex air–sea operation scenario will be presented using a simulation generated with the AGI Systems ToolKit multi-domain mission simulator software. My article contains maps and pictures of the operation, and the videos will be presented via the website.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology / alkalmazott, műszaki tudományok > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics / járműtechnika, repülés, űrhajózás
U Military Science / hadtudomány > U1 Military Science (General) / hadtudomány általában
Depositing User: Andrea Tankó
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 08:22
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 08:22

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