Quarkson’s SkyOrbiter solar powered internet drones as big as 22 meter wingspan
This is going to make internet all the more approachable for people in far off places. And this effort will be led by drones. Oh, donâ€™t panic. This is not about American drones firing hellfire missiles in terrorism infested areas of Pakistan or Somalia, it is on the other hand usage of solar powered internet drones making internet available to far off locations.
The latest initiative comes through a new startup that is aiming to provide internet to far off areas where it is not available at the moment. A report while talking about it says that â€œThe drone was equipped with Wi-Fi- transmitting equipment that can provide internet access to local users on the ground via a patch antenna that receives the signal. The drone tested was a small version of those planned for eventual use with a wingspan of 5 metresâ€.
It is being reported that the solar powered internet drone was flown within line of sight up to an altitude of 100 metres and successfully relayed a Wi-Fi signal to the ground. The company Quarkson is reportedly working to deploy solar-powered drones to bring wireless internet access to the parts of the world which don’t have any internet access.
It is working out to launch SkyOrbiter drones that will stay airborne for months and even years at a time and will fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 metres.
The company is also acquiring massive drones for this purpose too. Quarkson’s larger SkyOrbiter LA25 drones with a wingspan of 22 metres is already under serious testing. Reports suggest that designed with an autonomous energy management system and autopilot, these drones will be capable of transmitting rays via Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G or 2G via a carrier on the licensed spectrum or via Long-Term Evolution (LTE) or W-iFi on the unlicensed spectrum.