Sceye, a developer of High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS), today announced that it has successfully launched its stratospheric platforms and has flown to an altitude of 64,600 feet. a distance of 140 km.
With financial support from the State of New Mexico, the company is also joining a consortium of telecommunications companies and New Mexico-based tribal entities to pilot the provision of universal broadband access to the Navajo Nation.
The Sceye Unmanned Stratospheric Platform was launched from Roswell, New Mexico at 11:20 a.m. PT on Wednesday, May 19. She landed safely that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. PT. The company recently performed tests to determine the data connection range of its systems. Standard LTE technology provides a range of 100 km; Sceye’s systems added an additional 40 km, setting a long-range record in LTE OpenRAN architecture. Sceye’s combination of technologies can cover areas as large as 27,000 square miles with high-speed broadband for all fixed and mobile users, paving the way for true fair access.
Sceye, Sacred Wind Communications, CellularOne, PVT networks, Santa Fe Indian School, and Navajo Technical University come together with the goal of achieving 100% connectivity across the Navajo Nation. According to Navajo Tribal Utilities Authority, 60% of the more than 300,000 inhabitants of the Navajo Nation do not have fixed Internet access.
“We regard the successful flight and the connection of record data as a milestone for our technology; one that could dissolve the broadband barrier in rural areas,Â»Said the CEO of Sceye Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen.
“The consortium is a big step forward in bridging the digital divide for the Navajo Nation,” mentionned John badal, CEO of Sacred Wind. “Sceye’s Sky Tower approach could avoid the construction of hundreds of new cell towers across the state and the resulting need to use tribal lands. “
In partnership with the consortium, Sceye will pilot one of its HAPS over an area of ââapproximately 6,000 square miles to demonstrate download speeds of 100 Mbps to homes, schools and clinics, which is the gold standard. of the FCC for broadband in rural areas.
“The state is delighted to support this innovative effort by Sceye and its partners to bring more affordable broadband and telecommunications to tribal and rural communities in the state.“Said the Cabinet Secretary of Economic Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Space Ports Authority Alicia J. Keyes.
Sceye aims to provide universal broadband to help lift billions of unconnected and under-connected people out of poverty, perform high-resolution real-time Earth monitoring to combat climate change, as well as early detection and interception of natural disasters before they get out of hand. .