Google’s Project Skybender is Taking Us Closer to Fifth-Gen Internet

February 3, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What’s next in data communication? This has been the question raised ever since LTE got its birth, and technological masterminds from all over has reverberated the same voice: 5G. But how?

There have been many thoughts shaping up in regard to that, and tech behemoths Google seem the sharpest of all in turning that pragmatic.

The company has just revealed a secret project that has been given life for bringing up the best in data transfer using just solar-powered drones.

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It’s called Project Skybender, whose tests have been now carried out at the New Mexico’s Spaceport Authority. Over the last year, Google has been fabricating multiple transceiver prototypes that have been mounted on solar-powered drones.

Using these, Google is achieving the transmission of high-frequency millimetre-waves that hold capacity to transfer data at speeds in between 1Gbps and 10Gbps.

This is comparatively 40 times greater than that of current LTE transmissions, which is why Google’s ambitious project is being tipped to be the next-gen data communication technology.

Apart from the Solara 50 drones from Google Titan, the company is also making use of Centaur, a commercial aircraft drone that can be optionally piloted.

In future, they envision making use of over thousand such drones to provide a better range with the 5G ecosystem. The FCC has reportedly given the nod for Google to continue with their tests until July.

This is Google’s second effort with wireless data transmission from altitudes, with the first one being Project Loon that transmits 4G data to the users.

But unlike in the case of Skybender, Google has been constantly updating the public about the developments with Project Loon. We can expect the same to be carried forward for its 5G project after having its covers unwrapped now.

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