Project SkyBender: Google wants to beam 5G signals to you in the near future
It is no secret that Google’s project loon has been in an experimental phase since its launch. The project and aims to bring internet to the most remote areas around the world using solar-powered ballons that will roam in the earth’s stratosphere. Seems now the company is working on something similar using drone technology, According to a report from The Guardian , Google is also working in secret at a spaceport in New Mexico to build and test solar-powered internet drones in a new initiative codenamed Project SkyBender. The core technology of Project SkyBender appears to be cutting-edge millimeter wave technology, which can transmit gigabits of data every second at speeds up to 40 times faster than modern 4G LTE.
Millimeter waves are thought to be the future of high-speed data transmission technology, and may form the backbone of 5G mobile networks. The technology has been earmarked for gigabit internet speeds to people’s homes via Wi-Fi. The down side is that Millimeter waves have much shorter range than current smartphone signals and are easily disrupted by weather conditions like rain, fog, and snow. Google however has a solution for this, Using what’s called a phased array, they could potentially focus the transmissions over greater distances.
Google is currently testing the technique with a new solar-powered drone called Centaur and other units made by a division known as Google Titan, which the company formed after it acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace in 2014. Google has noted in the past how it plans to compete with other tech giants like Facebook to bring internet access to developing countries.