BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It would seem that Google, the tech giant, is on the move again. And this time, it’s not about HoloLens or any other type of VR technology. According to a couple of recent reports, Google showcases 5G Internet using non-military drones, powered by solar cells.
One could say that Google’s take on new methods of transmitting information began with Project Loon. The whole idea of the project was to supply the rest of the world’s population (approximately 4 billion individuals) with high-speed Internet using un-manned and un-powered high-altitude balloons.
Project Loon required the creating of a network of balloons capable of transmitting information to remote or rural areas at 4G LTE speeds. Basically, the balloon travels 20 km into the stratosphere and using a series of high-tech algorithms it will be capable of taking into account a whole series of weather factors, such as wind speed, rain incidence, and turbulences.
The project is particularly appealing to those who live in rural or in remote areas, which cannot be covered by the usual means of transmitting information. Although the network of unpowered balloons if capable of transmitted information at a 4G LTE speed, a user needs to use a specially designed antenna in order to access the balloon network.
Google showcases 5G Internet using non-military drones. Changing the course a bit, now Google wants to try something else instead. According to a few off the record declarations, it would seem that the tech giant is secretly working on a new project involving high-speed internet transmissions.
So, where does the magic happen? In Truth or Consequences, of course. And if you though that is the name of a game or an imaginary place, then you are dead wrong. It’s actually a very real town, situated in the real United States of America, more specifically in New Mexico.
What happens in Truth or Consequences? Some pretty top-secret, hush-hush, research projects. Last year, the tech giant covertly rented a 15.000 square meter hangar from tech mogul Richard Branson. Apparently, Google is and was using this hangar rented from Virgin Galactic in order to try out some new technologies for high-speed transmissions.
Virgin Galactic, a 15000 square meter hangar and a top-secret research project in a remote town with a very colorful name? What is Google up to? Well, far be it from Google to recreate Raccoon City and unleash a deadly zombie apocalypse. Actually, the tech giant is tinkering with some new drone-related tech toys.
The Project is entitled Project Skybender and according to unofficial sources, its mandate is to develop solar-powered non-military drones capable of transmitting data at 5G speeds. The team working on this new project is called the Titan Division and it seems to have been founded in 2014 after Google managed to purchase Titan Aerospace, a company specialized in making non-military drones.
Moreover, the tech giant seems to have big plans when it comes to the high-speed internet. According to the same off the record sources, in order to achieve these speeds, Google is currently experimenting with millimeter wave technologies. This technology employs extremely high-frequency radio waves in order to transmit data over a spectrum between 30 and 300 GHz.
If all goes according to plan, the new method of data transmission is going to be 40 times faster than the traditional 4G LTE technology. But Google has a lot of work ahead if it intends to go ahead with its plan of creating a high-speed network.
Even though the technology is not entirely new, previous attempts to use it for high-speed data transmission failed because this technology is, first of all, intended to be used over small distances. Second, it would seem that the signal can be easily interrupted by weather-related factors such as heavy rain, snow blizzards, and even heavy winds. But the tech giant said that it is currently working on a way to overcome these obstacles and to make the technology feasible for long-distance transmissions.
Google showcases 5G Internet using non-military drones in a hangar rented from Virgin Galactic. Moreover, the drones will be powered by solar cells and the data transmission speed will be 40 faster than the traditional 4G LTE.