Venue: Kings Manor, York, UK

Thursday 26th October 2006

08.45 – 10.00 3rd formal COST297 Management Committee meeting Part I.
Reserved to Management Committee Members (or substitutes) of COST297 only.
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10.15 – 12.30 Plenary Workshop Session   (open to all)
  • COST 297 Brief Overview and State of the Art - Tim Tozer, University of York
  • USE-HAAS Summary Findings - Patrick Hendrick, University of Brussels
  • The GEOSCAN HAP Project in Malaysia - Hemant Patel, Geoscan (UK) plc
  • The StratXX Project - Kamal Alavie, Strat-XX Holdings AG
  • Applications & State-of-the-Art of Optical Communications for HAPs - Markus Knapek, DLR
  • Discussion

12.30 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 17.15 Parallel Workshop Sessions:-


(Radio Communications)
Chair David Grace

Improving network mobility in HAP networks - Andrej Vilhar, Roman Novak, Jozef Stefan Institute

The Effect of High Altitude Platform Network Earth-to-Stratosphere Aggregate Interference to GEO Satellite Receivers - Vasilis F. Milas, Philip Constantinou MRL, National Technical University of Athens

Interference analysis between HAPS and satellite in the band 47/48 GHz - Bon-Jun Ku, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea

A spectrum etiquette for future mixed HAP-terrestrial cognitive radio systems with minimum transmit power guarantees - Pairoj Likitthanasate, David Grace, Paul Mitchell, University of York

Optimizing Downlink Coexistence Performance of WiMax Services in HAP and Terrestrial Deployments - Zhe Yang1, Abbas Mohammed1, David Grace2 and Tommy Hult1, 1Blekinge Institute of Technology, 2University of York

Capacity enhancement through efficient constellation planning for Multiple HAPs - Guanhua Chen, David Grace, Tim Tozer, University of York

Dynamic Spectrum Charging Mechanism for a Multiple High Altitude Platform System - Yiming Liu, David Grace, Paul Mitchell, University of York

Multi-HAP Deployment for UMTS - Panu Lähdekorpi, Tero Isotalo, Jukka Lempiäinen, Tampere University of Technology

The Optimization of Antenna Power Roll-off for High Altitude Platform WCDMA Systems - Jaroslav Holis1, David Grace2, Pavel Pechac1, 1Czech Technical University, 2University of York

Discussion on future spectrum bands for HAPs research


(Optical Communications)
Chair Markus Knapek

WiMAX from High Altitude Platform Feed by Satellite – Outage Probability - Shlomi Arnon, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Launch of Pico-Satellite with Laser Link - Shlomi Arnon, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Optical Downlink from the Japanese LEO Satellite to the DLR Optical Ground Station – First Results - Markus Knapek, DLR, Germany

Optical HAP-to-Satellite Communication at the Wavelength of 1,5µm - Franz Fidler, Walter R. Leeb Vienna University of Technology

Optical Inter-platform Scenarios at 500km distance - Hlias Kathmertzoglou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Way Forward for WG2:-
  • Webpages
  • Future activity planning
  • Future STSMs


(HAPs and other Applications)
Chair Patrick Hendrick

Comparison of Propulsion Options for a HALE airship - Patrick Hendrick & Laurence Halet, University of Brussels

A Review of the Use of Textiles for Airships - J F Rives, Stratotex

Design aspects for a stratospheric airship - K Alavi, StratXX-AG

Possible use of HAPs for pollution monitoring and other EO and space science applications - R.Siddans et al, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Way Forward for WG3:-
  • Future developments and projects
  • Future STSMs

17.15 Close

Evening: Dinner at St. William’s College - more details


Friday 27th October 2006

09.15 – 12.45 Workshop Session


(Radio Communications)
Chair David Grace

Beampattern optimization for cellular communications from High Altitude Platforms - Zhengyi Xu, Yuriy Zakharov, George White, University of York

Multiple HAP and Polarization Diversity for Enhanced Data Rate Communications - Abbas Mohammed, Tommy Hult, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Turbo-Coded Polarization Multiplexing for High-Altitude Platform Communications - Yu Deng and Alister Burr, University of York

Implementation and performance evaluation of HAP based ACM procedure using Reed-Solomon decoder assisted switching - Miha Smolnikar, Tomaz Javornik, Mihael Mohorcic, Jozef Stefan Institute

HAP-based broadband communications under WiMAX standards – A first approach to physical layer performance assessment - I.Palma, J.A.Delgado-Penin1, F.P.Fontan2, 1Universitat Politecnica de Catalyuna, 2University of Vigo

Measurement Trial in 3G and Millimetre Frequency Bands using Low Altitude Airship - Jaroslav Holis1, Pavel Pechac1, P. Valtr, and Vaclav Kvicera2, 1Czech Technical University, 2Testcom

Discussion on future trials

Wave Propagation Simulations at 48 GHz for HAPs Using Rainfall Radar Data - S. Zvanovec, Pavel Pechac, Czech Technical University

A competitive analysis on the portable internet services in Korea: HAPS vs. terrestrial networks - Jaekyoung Ahn, SNUT, Korea

Analysis and performance evaluation of integrated HAP/Satellite architectures - Michele Luglio, F. Mazzenga, C. Roseti, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’

Future Short Term Scientific Mission Proposals

12.45 – 13.50 Lunch

13.50 – 15.30 Plenary Workshop Session
  • Airborne Radio Stations - The Future Radio Regulatory Environment - Les Barclay, Barclay Associates Ltd.
  • High Altitude Platform Aircraft at NASA - technical details - John DelFrate, NASA
  • HAP UAV developments for Hydrology, Hurricanes and Disaster Management - Albin J. Gasiewski, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Japanese HAP programme: technical update - Ryu Miura, NICT
  • HAPS project in Korea - Ho-Jin Lee, ETRI
  • Discussion

15.30 – 15.45 Tea

15.45 – 16.30 3rd formal COST297 Management Committee meeting Part II.
Reserved to Management Committee Members (or substitutes) of COST297 only.
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