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SkyOrbiter – Internet To The Whole World

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The program has been named as SkyOrbiter and is somewhat planned along the same lines as the Google’s Project Loon. Quarkson will be making use of high-range UAVs to deliver Internet from orbit. The fleet will be made up of 6 unique low-altitude models and 3 high-altitude models. The basic SkyOrbiter is known as LA 25 and it has been designed for government and commercial use while sporting a wingspan of 82 ft. and operates at 11,500 ft. while exhibiting a range of 42,000 km (two weeks).

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All the subsequent low altitude SkyOrbiters have an increased wingspan and range identical to LA75. LA 75 has a wingspan of 246 ft. and a range of over 150,000 km (seven weeks). Moving on to high altitude UAVs; they orbit at 22,000 meters and are capable of staying in orbit for years. The HA75 is the most advanced model with a wingspan of 246 ft. and a range of 5,000,000 km (5 years).

According to Quarkson, SkyOrbiters are capable of accommodating a multitude of weights and types of payloads based upon what kind of data has to be collected. They can be used for a myriad of purposes other than Internet access. These tasks include aerial imaging, military uses, security applications, monitoring pertaining to environment and agriculture.

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Users will be able to manage their fleet of SkyOrbiters by making use of the Constellation Manager System. The HC-LOS ground antennas can be made use of to connect to the UAVs ia company’s Q-SATCOM bi-directional data link or the SkyLink wireless communication system.


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