All that for 140km coverage....
Brit startup would like to beam 5G connectivity down at you from hydrogen-fuelled drones
A British startup is hoping to strap 5G antennas to liquid-hydrogen-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellites in the hope of replacing mobile base stations on the ground. Stratospheric Platforms made a test flight over Germany last Monday (19 October) using a Grob 520 high-altitude "optionally manned" aircraft, and the firm is …
Tuesday 27th October 2020 12:17 GMT Tom 38
Tuesday 27th October 2020 12:31 GMT Tom 38
(Damn it too late to edit!) PS: I know that 16 wouldn't literally cover the UK, we're not a uniform box that you can pack optimally with circles, some drones would be covering water, overlapping with other drones, and that we'd need more than just the drones currently in the sky to provide uninterrupted coverage.
Just that 140km ø isn't actually that small.
Tuesday 27th October 2020 11:13 GMT UCAP
the delicate lightweight structures which give them such long endurance are very poorly suited for coping with winds and turbulence below their ~65,000ft operating height
I was involved (somewhat peripherally) with trials on a HAPS platform (now, like so many, cancelled). The flight trials had to be cancelled since they could not risk getting the HAPS out of the hanger - the gusting up to 4 mph, and the HAPS could not handle more than 2 mph (I kid you not).
These things are incredibly light and very fragile. The platform I was involved could, in theory, be lifter by one person, but had such a huge wingspan that two people were normally used to life it to stop the wings tilting over and crashing on the ground.
Tuesday 27th October 2020 11:23 GMT Chris G
Tuesday 27th October 2020 14:08 GMT Anonymous Coward
Tuesday 27th October 2020 21:51 GMT Snowy
Assuming all that.
What is the total bandwidth that it proves and how many simultaneous connections can it handle.
I get the feeling your not going to park on of these over a large city and then have it provide coverage for all of it. Could be useful to cover a large area of sparse population, eg parts of Scotland.