Digital Round Table Session on HAPS based Situational Awareness Applications. 1st July, 2022.


In 2021 a Dutch consortium consisting of KEC, Gate2, Aratos Systems, Avans Hogeschool and NLR performed a Feasibility Study on Situational Awareness Missions based on High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS). These platforms fly at stratosphere height and can fly patterns or hover around a location of interest, offering unique opportunities for Earth observation.

The consortium launched a new initiative to set up a Situational Awareness Systems and Services Development Center (SASC). SASC will support the development, testing, simulation and training of situational awareness systems and services (both up and downstream). SASC will focus on both existing data sources (e.g. satellites, drones) and new ones like HAPS.

As a preparatory action for the center, a round table discussion session is organised on July the 1st, 2022, with participation of international experts and representatives of end user organisations that may benefit from future situation awareness products and services based on HAPS as a new data source.

The round table session will be on the topic of situational awareness applications based on HAPS platforms. The round table session will start with introductory presentations, followed by a round table discussion with all participants. Conclusions will be reported and shared with all participants.


The programme is as follows (hours in Dutch Time zone):

14.00 hrs

Welcome and introduction by Paul van Kempen, Managing Director, KEC

14.15 hrs

Introduction round

14.30 hrs

IHAPS, Sweet spot for maritime safety, Olaf Trieschmann, Senior Project Officer and Expert for Earth Observation Data & Systems and alternative EO platforms, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

15.00 hrs

HAPS and satellite imagery, a perfect combination, Malcolm Davidson, HAPS Working Group, ESA

15.30 hrs


15.45 hrs

Round table discussion on situational awareness applications based on HAPS

16.45 hrs

Conclusions and wrap up

More honoured speakers will be added as we approach the session date.


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After your confirmation we will send you the details for the digital session.

We look forward to meeting you in this digital round table session.


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