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):
Welcome and introduction by Paul van Kempen, Managing Director, KEC
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)
HAPS and satellite imagery, a perfect combination, Malcolm Davidson, HAPS Working Group, ESA
Round table discussion on situational awareness applications based on HAPS
Conclusions and wrap up
More honoured speakers will be added as we approach the session date.
We kindly invite you for this digital round table session. You can confirm your participation by replying to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
About Aratos Systems B.V.: www.aratos-systems.com
About Gate2 hub: https://gate2.nl/