Saturday, 30 January 2016

Google’s SkyBender to beam Internet at 5G speeds from solar-powered drones

Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, this project is codenamed ‘SkyBender’ aiming to give high speed Internet @5G Speed.

This Project SkyBender has apparently started last summer when Google built several of these high-tech drones and is now in the process of testing them. SkyBender is the so-called millimetre-wave radio transmissions technology capable of transmitting gigabits of data per second at speeds that are up to 40 times as fast as the ones currently supported by 4G LTE networks. In other words, these technologies could underpin next generation 5G wireless Internet access.

The main test subject of Project SkyBender is the solar-powered drone called Centaur which was made by the Google Titan division last summer. The SkyBender is technically part of Google’s air balloon Wi-Fi project aimed at a similar goal of bringing remote parts of the world online.

Google also paying Virgin Galactic about $1,000 a day to use its hanger, as well as an additional $300,000 to Spaceport America to construct installations with servers, millimeter wave transceivers, and other tech onsite. 

Google main aim is to compete with other tech giants like Facebook to bring internet access to developing countries, Same like Facebook but without any condition with blazing 5G speed and bringing remote parts of the world online.