LONDON The results of an ambitious three year project to develop a network that will use balloon- like airships to bring broadband communications services to remote rural areas, and even to moving trains, are due to be unveiled at a conference later this month in York, England.
The project, dubbed Capanina with most of its Euros 6 million funding coming from the European Union under the Broadband-For-All Sixth Framework Program linked an international group of communications companies and research institutes with expertise in both millimeter-wave and free- space optics technologies. The latter have been used to create interplatform links to supplement millimeter-wave-band communications for back-haul traffic
The effort is part of a larger project within the EU's FP6 aimed at improving ways to deliver broadband services to rural communities.
The results will be outlined as part of an international symposium on High Altitude Platforms (HAP) in York between October 23 to 27 that will focus on wireless and optical communications from HAPs, as well as the critically important field of HAP vehicle development.
The conference and exhibition will feature a number of keynote speakers including Rosalie Zobel, Director, of Components and Systems in the European Commissionís Directorate-General for Information Society and Media, as well as speakers from other major HAP projects worldwide, including NASA.
Capaninaís Principal Scientific Officer, Dr David Grace said: "York HAP Week will not only mark the culmination of Capanina but also act as a catalyst for the next phase of development. Delegates will discuss the most effective ways of realizing the full potential of this exciting technology."