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Virgin Galactic Space Station Solar Aircraft

Google is pushing ahead his project to provide the world with high-speed Internet from the air. On the private airfield Virgin Galactic from which takes tourists into space. Solar planes are stationed that the Internet giant is testing his sophisticated technique.Richard Branson has a lodger who wants to supply the world with extremely fast Internet. The head of the aerospace company Virgin Galactic that will carry tourists into space in the near future, Google has a 1400 m2 large aircraft hangar on the futuristic-looking private spaceport, Spaceport America rented. There, the Internet giant tests electrically powered aircraft called Solara 50, its solar cells are sufficient for a five-year flight. Google wants to build a 5G Data Network on the solar plane.

US military researcher as an example

The aircraft of the company titanium aerospace, which Google bought in April 2014, are connected via millimeter wave on the Internet. These high-frequency signals can transmit huge quantities of data.

Virgin Galactic Space Station Solar Aircraft
Here, on the site of Spaceport America, Google currently tests its solar drones for fast Internet access. Photo: Spaceport America

This has proved already 2014 DARPA, the research organization of the American military. In the research project “Mobile Hotspots” DARPA tested the transmission of large amounts of data between high flying drones and ground stations with the aim to provide troops with information.

Offline when it rains?

It makes similar to Google titanium, as the Solara 50 producers now say. Up to 40 times faster than the current standard of 4 G. LTE. A major advantage of this technology is also access to a new mobile wireless spectrum as meets the existing limits.

There is only one catch. The 28 gigahertz waves that transport the data, have a relatively short range. Remedy Google of which promises to focus the radio beam. “This is very difficult, very complex and consumes a lot of energy,” says Jacques Rudell, Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. In certain weather conditions, the millimeter wave could not reach their destination on the ground, critics fear. “When it rains, we all are offline”, is an anonymous critic.

Sluggish tourist project

Branson will be glad about the income of $300,000. Google must pay to perform tests suggested the British newspaper “The Guardian”. Because progress in the project to shoot tourists into space, not quite. In addition, Google has built a control center and several ground stations to receive Internet signals from the aircraft. These are circling at an altitude of 20 km. Half a year ago, the Google project called SkyBender experienced a setback. Right after launching a Solera-50 plane crashed.

The Internet supply by solar plane is designed to complement a second project of the Internet giant. Balloons should be installed above inaccessible regions, especially in the third world countries, which enable the fast Internet connection.