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February 13, 2020

New combo satellite/cell communication provider coming. No rockets or towers required.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Security and Defense Patent Forecast®

Alphabet’s Loon LLC and HAPSMobile, a partnership between SoftBank and Aerovironment, have announced the development of a communications payload for the HAWK30, HAPSMobile’s solar-powered, stratospheric, unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  The communications payload enables LTE connectivity directly to standard LTE smartphones and other mobile devices. The Loon payload is also able to serve the internet to a large number of smartphone users at a long distance from existing ground infrastructure.  Both Loon and Aerovironment have numerous issued and pending patents for communications infrastructure, so this looks like a go to revolutionize the world's mobile networks. 


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Investment in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for defense applications remains strong into 2020, with Boeing and IBM leading, but followed closely by independent inventors.