Project SkyBender As per the latest report circulated by the Guardian, Google, one of the largest technological companies in the world, is trying out a new method to provide high-speed internet services even in the most remote areas with the help of solar powered drones. This test that Google is conducting in New Mexico is termed as ‘SkyBender’ and it consists of flying solar-powered drones which will be capable of beaming high-speed internet connection that will be over 40 times more than that of the capacity of the traditional cellular towers. If all goes well this method would be one of the real game changers in the field of internet services.
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The technology that drives this high-speed internet services is also explained in Guardian’s published report. As per this report, the drones will be utilized transceivers which have been designed to receive and transmit radio waves which are of high-frequency millimeter wavelength. This type of radio waves is capable of transferring gigabits of data every second. This high rate of data transfer is more than 40 times the rate at which regular 4G LTE cell towers are capable of transmitting currently. However, as part of the future plan, this high level of data transfer is being considered as 5G standardization.
Although Project SkyBender is one of the latest attempts in technological advancement in providing high-speed internet services, there has been numerous other projects before this one that aimed at the same result. Moreover, the other projects were specifically designed to provide internet access to remote areas in the world where providing high-speed internet services have always been a challenge. Project Loon, another initiative from Google, consisted of providing high-speed internet services utilizing balloons for sending LTE signals. Another initiative, known as Space Internet, from Elon Musk, consisted of providing internet services through the satellite orbiting the Earth.
Among other notable projects and similar to that of Google’s SkyBender, is the Internet Drone project by Facebook. Apart from the solar-powered drone, Google is also utilizing a manned or unmanned aircraft called the Centaur for the same project. Currently, Google is utilizing the runways at the Spaceport America which earlier was used by the Virgin Atlantic. It seems that Google has acquired exclusive rights to utilize this runway and the vast semi-desert area for its test flights. This is not only providing the great place to test their flights securely but is also providing the actual real life scenario of transmitting high-speed internet over remote areas.
Earlier the research division of Pentagon, better known as DARPA has utilized the same millimeter radio wave frequency for transmitting digital signals in 2014 for sending across high-speed internet connectivity to soldiers in remote areas. Currently, Google is using the same technology since the millimeter radio wave not only has the capability to transmit higher speed of data but it also uses a spectrum which is less crowded. This will not only improve the amount of data transmission to remote areas but it also means that users will not have to wait for buffering on their data hungry smart devices.