Airborne Wireless Network has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German Aerospace Center (DLR) spin-off, ViaLight.
Both companies will explore integrating a laser-based communications system with the company’s contemplated Infinitus Super Highway fully-meshed airborne broadband system, to enhance and maximize data speeds.
Jason T. de Mos, Airborne Wireless Network’s Vice President of Business Development and Aviation Compliance, said: “We believe that once developed, our hybrid system, combined with traditional radio-links with laser could deliver an extreme-capacity airborne backbone that would offer unprecedented bandwidth at a reasonable cost.
“Our vision is a marriage of radio frequency control for accurately locating aircraft in the mesh, and the ability to switch back and forth between laser and radio frequency for data-communications, allowing our contemplated system to successfully operate under adverse weather conditions, thereby offering the best of both worlds.”
Airborne Wireless Network says laser is 100% secure from jamming, as well as interception.
It remains stealthy due to its narrow beam divergence. The proposed hybrid laser communication system would utilise eye-safe laser light to transmit data for ultra-long-distance communications.
This proposed high-bandwidth system would make it inaccessible to any current competing technologies.
ViaLight has more than 15-years of extensive laser communication experience in point-to-point communication scenarios on the ground, in the air, and into space.
ViaLight has successfully deployed its laser terminal on a Tornado jet-fighter, flying at speeds of more than 750km/hr.
It says its technology offers ultra-high data rate communication across vast distances, while being highly power efficient and secure at the same time.
Airborne Wireless Network
Airborne Wireless Network intends to create a high-speed broadband airborne wireless network by linking commercial aircraft in flight.
It is projected that each aircraft participating in the network will act as an airborne repeater or router, sending and receiving broadband signals from one aircraft to the next and creating a digital superhighway in the sky.
The company intends the network to be a high-speed broadband internet pipeline to improve coverage connectivity.
It believes that the airborne digital highway may be a solution to fill the world’s connectivity void.