Titan Aerospace has been snapped up by Google. Titan creates “atmospheric satellites,” solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without landing.
Google says the Titan team will be headed to Project Loon, Google’s balloon-based Internet project. Loon also uses solar-powered drones in the form of balloons instead of airplanes, so the two teams seem like a good match.
Before the acquisition, the Titan Aerospace’s drone Internet project expected to hit “initial commercial operations” in 2015. By using specialty communications equipment, the company claimed it could get Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
NewSat presents Jabiru-1, Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, will deliver over 7.6 GHz of “new” capacity, providing high-powered Ka-band coverage to meet the growing demands from government and enterprise sectors across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
“Raw” capacity, not managed services
Jabiru-1 will provide enterprise and government customers with “raw” capacity, not managed services (megahertz, not megabits). The open architecture enables Jabiru-1 customers to have complete control over their own network implementation, rather than having to constrain their communication requirements to fit within the limits of a pre-defined managed service solution.
Regional beams with “new” capacity
Jabiru-1’s three regional beams will provide coverage over South West Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. The regional beams will essentially act like traditional C- and Ku-band capacity beams, but will provide much needed “new” capacity to meet the expanding demand for connectivity in these regions. These beams will enable existing satellite services to grow and assist with the communication requirements of new markets and developments.
Steerable beams to accommodate evolving customer requirements
Jabiru-1’s two steerable Ka-band beams can be independently located anywhere within Jabiru’1’s footprint. This built-in flexibility means Jabiru-1’s steerable beams can be positioned to focus on a particular region or moved to support evolving customer requirements, providing fresh capacity into high demand regions and connectivity to where it is needed most.
Spot beams for highly focused coverage
Jabiru-1’s 24 multi-spot beams connect via three secure gateways in South Australia, Western Australia and the Mediterranean. Jabiru-1’s spot beams will provide high volume, highly focused coverage, ideal for high-throughput applications, trunking and other carrier-grade services.