Stratospheric platforms’ direct-to-smartphone broadband: Airbus, Thales, Stratospheric Platforms report status

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Designers of high-altitude platforms to provide broadband and high-resolution imagery are modifying their pitch to catch the wave of interest in direct-to-smartphone connectivity spurred by big-name players.

These companies say that after the flush of excitement over Apple/Globalstar, T-Mobile/SpaceX Starlink, AST SpaceMobile, Lynk Global, maybe Samsung/Iridium and others subsides, stratospheric platforms will emerge as having a superior business model.

There are a half-dozen designs in the works, and . . .

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