Applications like maritime and land surveillance, environmental monitoring, land border control, telecommunications, emergency/public safety communications, intelligent transportation systems, smart farming become available to a wider user audience.
Growth is mainly attributed to the presence of highly developed infrastructure, rising start-ups that collaborate with government agencies to meet the demand for remote sensing and connectivity, usually starting with the help of defense sector and ultimately servicing commercial sectors.
High altitude platforms can dynamically adapt to cloud coverage, provide optimum revisit rate and data freshness.
Stratospheric drones can move from region to region as the season progresses (similar to grape pickers) or be quickly repurposed.
Typical missions: large farmland diagnostics, woodland CO2 absorption capability, fishing and water quality monitoring.
(e.g. border patrol, fishing)
(e.g. environment, exploration)
(e.g. relay, 4G cells, optical)