Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 291–325 | Cite as

Integration of a HAP within a Terrestrial UMTS Network: Interference Analysis and Cell Dimensioning

  • Emanuela Falletti
  • Marina Mondin
  • Fabio Dovis
  • David Grace


In this paper we consider several issues regarding the use of a High Altitude Platform (HAP) as a mobile communications base station for the UMTS standard. We refer in particular to a solar powered unmanned stratospheric platform named Heliplat, which is currently being designed at Politecnico di Torino within the HeliNet project funded by the European Community as part of the Fifth Framework Programme. Here we present a feasibility study of the use of the Heliplat platform as a UMTS base station within anintegrated terrestrial-stratospheric UMTS cellular system. We take into account the power consumption and the weight constraint imposed by the platform technology, the interference required for a proper system operation and the requirement of maintaining full compatibility with the UMTS standard.

High Altitude Platform (HAP) stratospheric platforms CDMA UMTS macrocell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuela Falletti
    • 1
  • Marina Mondin
    • 1
  • Fabio Dovis
    • 1
  • David Grace
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di ElettronicaPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of ElectronicsUniversity of YorkHeslington, YorkU.K.

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