- Geospatial and AI technologies can play key role in addressing environment challenges
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services (“Bayanat” or “the Company”), a fast growing Geospatial and Data Analytics/AI company headquartered in the UAE, today announced at the Dubai Air Show, its plans to launch a maiden flight of its High Altitude Psuedo Satellite (HAPS), a remotely piloted and solar powered aircraft.
The initial test flight, scheduled in the coming weeks, will demonstrate HAPS’ diverse operational uses, and showcase its latest technology, which is powered by renewable and carbon negative energy. This UAE innovation is enabling a new class of environmentally friendly satellites to fly at high altitudes for extended periods of time, whilst transmitting premium geospatial data in real time from the stratosphere.
The aircraft, which will be launched from Abu Dhabi in the coming weeks, will fly at an altitude of 14.5kms whilst carrying out a series of environmental monitoring and research tests.
This flight will mark the first time such a satellite has flown in the UAE and will represent one of just a few completed HAPS launches worldwide.
Commenting on the announcement Hasan Al Hosani, CEO of Bayanat said:
“The pending launch of HAPS in Abu Dhabi is a significant milestone for Bayanat, but also for the UAE, as we continue to innovate with new, advanced, and cutting-edge technologies. By successfully launching HAPS, Bayanat will add stratospheric flight, powered by clean energy, to the list of our world-leading geospatial AI capabilities.
Our combined technologies have many positive applications across the environmental space. We have the expertise to provide real time and intelligence led insights on pollution, natural disaster protection, food yield forecasting, freshwater and wildlife protection through to eco-friendly City planning and sustainable building to name but a few. These solutions have huge potential to support developing nations in addressing their environmental challenges. I look forward to providing further updates on HAPS in due course. ”
HAPS are designed for the long-term monitoring of the Earth's surface and are engineered to remain airborne optimising atmospheric lift, and are powered by solar panels, making them carbon negative and capable of unlimited flight times with a cruising speed of 30km/h.
The key benefits of HAPS over satellites are costs. A Geostationary orbit satellite to build and launch costs approximately $200M and $2B for a low earth orbit satellite. In addition, HAPS only need one platform and one ground station to initiate operations, whereby satellites require an entire system to be built in-order to operate.
Founded in 2008, Bayanat is a fast growing Geospatial and Data Analytics/AI company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, primarily serving governmental and commercial clients via multi-year contracts. In 2020, Bayanat was acquired by G42, an Abu Dhabi-based global leader in artificial intelligence and cloud computing.
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