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Published: January 10, 2017 Content info:

High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) expands NSR's superior and unique market research in the aerial and space realm. HAPs, including balloons, airships, and pseudo-satellites (also known as atmospheric satellites), offer advantages and complementary applications over satellites and UAS at relatively lower cost. This first ever study on platforms and vehicles flying above controlled airspace builds on NSR's extensive experience in evaluating unmanned aerial vehicles and atmospheric platform capabilities worldwide, including trends and opportunities to help readers better understand the potential future growth in this market.

As the market research leader on the subject, NSR offers an exclusive view on projects underway, the main actors, the segments involved, the technologies, the applications, the impact of HAPs on satellite and UAS applications, and the potential growth of HAP usage and revenue. NSR dives into the programs and partnerships needed between or currently established between government and industry for certifying and operating HAPs, as well as the current and emerging applications and how HAPs compete or complement satellite and UAS.


This complete analytical tool helps readers track the development and advances of the evolving HAPs market and answers fundamental questions such as:

  • Who are the main players and what is their development roadmap?
  • What are the key advantages of HAPs over satellite and UAS?
  • What are the capabilities of available and upcoming HAPs ?
  • What funding drivers contribute to the progress and delay of the HAPs market ?
  • What are the entry barriers for HAPs providers to overcome?
  • Which HAPs providers are likely to succeed?
  • What level of growth is expected and in which HAPs applications?
  • How many HAPs will be in service in the next ten years?
  • What will be the revenues generated by HAPs in the coming decade?
  • How do government regulation progress?
  • Bottom line: Will HAPs become strong competitors to other platforms and for which applications ?

Key Features

Unparalleled HAPs Market Analysis

High-Altitude Platforms (HAPs) provides an in-depth analysis of key parameters to help readers assess the various markets components and includes the following elements:

  • A global comparison of over 30 active, in-development, and proposed HAPs
  • An in-depth analysis of the top HAPs applications
  • Projections of unit growth, price, and revenue



Who Should Purchase this Report?

  • Airship, Balloon, Pseudo-Satellite Providers and Operators
  • Airship, Balloon, Pseudo-Satellite Payload Providers and Integrators
  • Satellite Providers and Operators
  • UAS Providers and Operators
  • Experimental Aircraft, High-Altitude Aircraft, and Aerostat Providers and Operators
  • Sensor, Power, and Avionics Technology Developers
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Users
  • Communications, Navigation, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Users
  • Adventure Tourism Agencies
  • National Space Agencies
  • Military and Defense Agencies
  • Government Regulators and Policy Makers
  • Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Financial Institutions
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

  • ES.1 Executive Summary: Key Findings
  • ES.2 Executive Summary: Airships
  • ES.3 Executive Summary: Balloons
  • ES.4. Executive Summary: Pseudo-Satellites

1. Market Overview

  • 1.1 Definitions
    • 1.1.1 Definitions & Scope: Acronyms
    • 1.1.2 Definitions & Scope: High-Altitude
    • 1.1.3 Definitions & Scope: Airships
    • 1.1.4 Definitions & Scope: Balloons
    • 1.1.5 Definitions & Scope: Pseudo-Satellites
  • 1.2 State of the Market
    • 1.2.1 State of the Market: Airships
    • 1.2.2 State of the Market: Balloons
    • 1.2.3 State of the Market: Pseudo-Satellites
  • 1.3 Market Drivers & Barriers
    • 1.3.1 Market Drivers & Barriers: Growth
    • 1.3.2 Market Drivers & Barriers: Barriers
  • 1.4 Funding
  • 1.5 Cost Comparison
  • 1.6 Comparison to Satellites
  • 1.7 Comparison to Lower-Altitude UAV
  • 1.8 Main Actors
    • 1.8.1 Main Actors: Airships
    • 1.8.2 Main Actors: Balloons
    • 1.8.3 Main Actors: Pseudo-Satellites
  • 1.9 Main Actors by Sector
    • 1.9.1 Main Actors by Sector: Military
    • 1.9.2 Main Actors by Sector: Civil Government
    • 1.9.3 Main Actors by Sector: Commercial
  • 1.10 Capabilities Comparison
    • 1.10.1 Capabilities Comparison: Airships
    • 1.10.2 Capabilities Comparison: Balloons
    • 1.10.3 Capabilities Comparison: Pseudo-Satellites
  • 1.11 Ground Operations
  • 1.12 Power

2. Applications

  • 2.1 Communications
  • 2.2 Navigation, Remote Sensing, & Surveillance
  • 2.3 Scientific Research & Technology Testing
  • 2.4 Emerging Applications

3. Regulations & Restraints

  • 3.1 Regulations
  • 3.2 Restraints

4. Market Forecast

  • 4.1 Units
    • 4.1.1 Units: Airships
    • 4.1.2 Units: Balloons
    • 4.1.3 Units: Pseudo-Satellites
  • 4.2 Revenues
    • 4.2.1 Revenues: Airships
    • 4.2.2 Revenues: Balloons
    • 4.2.3 Revenues: Pseudo-Satellites

Appendix: Methodology & Data

List of Exhibits

Executive Summary

  • Number of Companies & Organizations Pursuing Target Applications
  • Airship Industry Growth
  • Balloon Industry Growth
  • Pseudo-Satellite Industry Growth

1. Market Overview

  • Typical Atmospheric Profile: Wind Speed vs. Altitude
  • Typical Atmospheric Profile: Temperature vs. Altitude
  • Current Status of High-Altitude Platform Programs by Type
  • Current Status of High-Altitude Platform Programs by Level
  • Airship Programs Status by Region
  • Balloon Programs Status by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellite Projects Status by Region
  • HAPs Investment over Past 15 Years
  • Investments by HAP Type
  • Investment Sources
  • Government Investment Sources
  • Publicly Traded Companies' Annual Revenue ($M)
  • Publicly Traded Companies' Annual Revenue ($B)
  • NASDAQ over Past Ten Years
  • Cost Comparison by Platform
  • Satellites vs. HAPs
  • UAVs vs. HAPs
  • Main Actors: Airships
  • Main Actors: Balloons
  • Main Actors: Pseudo-Satellites
  • Capabilities Comparison
  • Maximum Altitude vs. Maximum Payload
  • Maximum Altitude vs. Maximum Duration
  • Maximum Duration vs. Maximum Payload
  • Airship Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
  • Airship Goal Mission Duration
  • Airship Goal & Achieved Altitudes
  • Airship Maximum Payload Upmass
  • Balloon Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
  • Balloon Goal Mission Duration
  • Balloon Goal & Achieved Altitudes
  • Balloon Maximum Payload Upmass
  • Pseudo-Satellite Demonstrated Maximum Mission Duration
  • Pseudo-Satellite Goal Mission Duration
  • Pseudo-Satellite Goal & Achieved Altitudes
  • Pseudo-Satellite Maximum Payload Upmass
  • Power Options
  • Airship Power
  • Pseudo-Satellite Power

2. Applications

  • Communications Latency
  • Communications Coverage
  • HAPs Targeting Communications Applications
  • HAPs Targeting Remote Sensing & Surveillance Applications
  • HAPs Targeting Navigation Applications
  • HAPs Targeting Scientific Research Applications
  • HAPs Targeting Technology Testing Applications
  • Number of Companies & Organizations Targeting Emerging Applications

3. Regulations & Restraints

  • Long-Duration Balloon Trajectory

4. Market Forecast

  • Global HAPs Units by Platform
  • Airships In-Service Units By Scenario
  • Airships In-Service Units by Region
  • Balloons In-Service Units By Scenario
  • Balloons In-Service Units by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units By Scenario
  • Pseudo-Satellites In-Service Units by Region
  • Global HAPs Revenues by Region
  • Global HAPs Revenues by Platform
  • Airships Revenues
  • Airships Revenues by Region
  • Airships Equipment Revenues
  • Airships Equipment Revenues by Region
  • Airships Service Revenues
  • Airships Service Revenues by Region
  • Balloons Revenues
  • Balloons Revenues by Region
  • Balloons Equipment Revenues
  • Balloons Equipment Revenues by Region
  • Balloons Service Revenues
  • Balloons Service Revenues by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites Revenues
  • Pseudo-Satellites Revenues by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites Equipment Revenues
  • Pseudo-Satellites Equipment Revenues by Region
  • Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues
  • Pseudo-Satellites Service Revenues by Region

Methodology & Data

  • Interviewee Type
  • Interviewee Sector
  • Interviewee Status
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