Nothing Pseudo about FAA Certificate of Authorization—HAPSMobile HAWK30

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Simple FAA Certificate of Authorization  Lanai Stratosphere

HAWK30 solar-powered unmanned aircraft-High Altitude Pseudo Satellite

Bring telecommunications to Vast Areas

An FAA Certificate of Authorization is a mundane approval to operate your UAS in defined airspace. It is such a mechanical process that you may submit your COA via an FAA web page. They are routinely granted to various government entities.






The report of the grant of a COA to HAPSMobile is far more auspicious than the regulatory text reveals.






HAPS is an acronym for High Altitude Pseudo Satellite[1]  and the UAS HAWK30 is a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems.


And here is the impressive business case for this service:

The COA story–

HAPSMobile Receives Authorization to Fly “HAWK30” in the Stratosphere Above the Hawaiian Island of Lanai

Authorization enables HAPSMobile to accelerate preparations to conduct test flights in fiscal 2019

HAPSMobile Inc[2]., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., announced it received a COA2 (Certificate of Authorization) from the FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) to fly “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft assembled in April 2019 to provide a stratospheric telecommunications platform system, in the Hawaiian island of Lanai’s stratosphere.

This closely controlled test will assess the capacity of the stratospheric platform to deliver telecommunications (including the internet) to vast geographical areas (sometimes remote):

As part of collaborative activities with the PPUTRC[3] (Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex), which is run by public university research institutions, HAPSMobile has been working with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which manages the PPUTRC, and the University of Hawaii to conduct stratospheric test flights using HAWK30. The University of Alaska Fairbanks applied to the FAA for the COA2 on behalf of the three parties, and received authorization.

With this COA2, HAPSMobile, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii will prepare for test flights at Lanai in fiscal 2019 by conducting safety verifications while coordinating with the island authorities and respecting business-related legislation and regulations. The three parties also plan to hold information sessions for community residents in due course to discuss safety considerations and promote understanding of the vision to utilize HAPS in the future.






Junichi Miyakawa, Representative Director & CTO of SoftBank Corp., and also President & CEO of HAPSMobile Inc., said, “We are extremely pleased to receive this COA2 from the FAA. In taking up this major challenge to provide telecommunications connectivity from the stratosphere, this approval represents a major step forward. We will continue to work toward our goal of bridging the world’s digital divide and revolutionizing mobile networks by leveraging HAPS.”








Facebook’s HAPS station during a test

The UAS advocates have asserted, from day 1, that this new form of aviation would impact dramatically the globe’s commerce. HAPS may be the most impressive proof of this prophesy!!!


[1] Global Pseudo Satellites Market Overview 2019

[2] HAPSMobile has a strategic relationship with Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent company of Google

[3] The Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex is one of six official FAA test sites in the United States. The PPUTRC spans seven climate zones, allowing UAS manufacturers and potential users to test their equipment in the Arctic, the tropics, and in arid environments. Managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the test site builds upon ongoing work of the Geophysical Institute’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI).


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