Google plans to beam 5G internet from solar drones

Google plans to beam 5G internet from solar drones

Google seems to have a project that it has chosen to keep behind the curtains for now.

The Guardian believes that the project comes courtesy of the same team which was responsible for Project Loon.

Termed Project Skybender, this new project is focused on offering 5G internet using solar drones.

Reports suggest that Mountain View has commenced experiments with millimeter wave based internet at the Spaceport America located in New Mexico.

These sort of waves are known to possess the ability to send data at a speed 40 times that of LTE.

No wonder it is expected to give rise to 5G internet.


Jacques Rudell is a professor at the University of Washington who mentioned that the primary benefit that millimeter based wave offers is the access to new spectrum.

The reason he cited for this is the overcrowded cellphone spectrum that exists at the moment.

He believes that there is no alternative to switch to while this current spectrum remains packed.

The downside of the millimeter based wave is its tendency to fade as it covers a short distance.

Thus, it is hard to compare it with the range of signals of a mobile phone.

Google is attempting to resolve this issue, especially if it has any realistic plans of transmitting internet from the sky.

The new project makes use of Centaur, an optionally piloted aircraft, along with Solara 50, a solar powered by solar energy and designed by Titan Aerospace.

FCC has already granted Google the allowance to test the technology in New Mexico.

This right only allows Google the authority till July.

Similar to how Google releases updates regarding Project Loon, it is expected to continually update us about how Project Skybender goes.

For now we will have to imagine how cool it would be to be on top of Mount Everest with a full mobile connection.

Source: Engadget

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