Google is experimenting with drones for future 5G data networks, since the company started testing its new solar-powered drones to provide Internet services in a secret venture named SkyBender. The search giant is spending around $1,000 every day to analyze its technological innovation in 14,000 sq ft of space.
The area was initially rented to the spaceflight system from Virgin Galactic, according to the news appeared in tech media. E-mails between Spaceport and Google’s project supervisors show the drones have full permission for its runway during these experiments and will go above the nearby locations for better accuracy.
The venture is utilizing drones in order to test a new type of data transmission that it will be implemented in the upcoming 5G systems. This will completely surpass the present 4G speed rates but just over short transmission ranges.
According to these reviews, the search engine is not just experimenting with signals at 28 GHz, but it is also using transmissions from phased arrays to reach a longer distance to assistance services from several high-flying drones.
The venture brings one more element to Google latest tests with millimeter waves. Its Google X, a system accountable for the air-balloon network Project Loon, lately requested a trial license to experiment with transmissions at 71 GHz to 76 GHz and 81 GHz to 86 GHz frequencies across the entire territory of the United States.
In addition, the company wanted to utilize these ranges under various FCC programs conducted by specialists in the Google Access department. This move lead to rumors that it was discovering new applications for its Google Fiber system, one of the numerous projects that are gathered under the division’s management.
According to journalists, Project SkyBender will also be controlled by this unit, which has designed two wave transceivers, with one of them being near the Spaceport’s Operations Center, while the second one is at 4 miles from the Launch Area, right next to the repeater tower.
Google’s aircraft assisted Project SkyBender uses the services of the “optionally piloted” airplane codenamed Centaur, along with the company’s own drones based on solar energy created by the Titan division, which can have a wingspan of over 160 ft.
The search giant purchased the Titan Aerospace venture a couple of years ago and allegedly has several plans for all its employees to cooperate with the associates of Project Loon. The FCC authorities have allowed the company to continue its SkyBender tests in the United States until this summer, according to legal documents.
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