Angel Technologies Corporation ('Angel') and its partners are creating a wireless broadband metropolitan area network to interconnect tens to hundreds of thousands of users each at multi-megabit per second data rates for multi-media file transfers and interactive discourse. A high altitude long operation (HALOTM) aircraft will circle above commercial airline traffic to serve as the hub of the broadband network for providing ubiquitous signal coverage and dedicated point- to-point connections throughout a footprint encompassing a typical metropolitan center, its suburbs, and beyond. Broadband wireless services will be delivered to diverse enterprises to promote new forms of collaborative work and information exchange, thus creating a virtual 'Cone of CommerceTM' with the HALOTM aircraft at its apex. This presentation introduces the HALOTM Network and describes the flow of messages within and beyond the signal footprint in terms of the basic network elements. The aircraft design is described and its payload attributes are highlighted. The concept of operations and key operational factors are addressed. Types of services are described. The advantages of the HALOTM Network relative to terrestrial and space layers are summarized for broadband services. Near term actions are stated.
Nicholas J. Colella,
James N. Martin,
"Cone of Commerce", Proc. SPIE 3232, Wireless Technologies and Systems: Millimeter-Wave and Optical, (23 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301034; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.301034