High Altitude Platform Station Based Super Macro Base Station Constellations

Alam M. S., Karabulut Kurt G. Z., Yanikomeroglu H., Zhu P., Dao N. D.

IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, vol.59, no.1, pp.103-109, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/mcom.001.2000542
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication & Mass Media Index, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, Public Affairs Index, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-109
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


High altitude platform station (HAPS) systems have recently attracted renewed attention. While terrestrial and satellite technologies are well established for providing connectivity services, they face certain shortcomings and challenges, which could be addressed by complementing them with HAPS systems. In this article, we envision a HAPS as a super macro base station, to which we refer as HAPS-SMBS, to provide connectivity in a plethora of applications. Unlike a conventional HAPS, which targets broad coverage for remote areas or disaster recovery, we envision next-generation HAPS-SMBS to have the necessary capabilities to address the high capacity, low latency, and computing requirements, especially for highly populated metropolitan areas. This article focuses mainly on the potential opportunities, target use cases, and challenges that we expect to be associated with the design and implementation of the HAPS-SMBS-based future wireless access architecture.