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G-01 StratSat: Novel applications for the commercial and military sectors

This paper describes novel and previously unreported commercial and military applications for StratSat: the Lighter-Than-Air vehicle currently being designed by Advanced Technologies Group. We detail how StratSat has a role to play in telecommunications for evaluating the trade-off between 60 GHz and optical links. The advantage of coherent optical communication over direct detection is explained. Some lucrative applications are provided. We illustrate the benefits that could arise from arming StratSat with the next generation of atomic clocks and time-transfer capabilities, and report how inter-airship communication could assist in improving integrity for global navigation satellite systems. Examples of leading-edge research projects under national space agency control are described. We also explain how StratSat could be employed for the real-time monitoring of stratospheric gases.

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