SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Wireless Network (ABWN), a leader in high-speed broadband aerial wireless networks, today announced a collaboration with UCLA Samueli School of Engineering to test terahertz-band communication technology while airborne at medium altitudes.
At present, the world's connectivity is achieved through undersea cables, ground-based fiber and satellites. An airborne digital network is a potential solution to provide low cost, high-speed connectivity to commercial and private aircraft in flight, as well as remote areas such as island nations and territories, ships at sea, and oil platforms.
ABWN will lend its expertise by planning, implementing and executing experimental aviation programs by integrating UCLA's breakthrough terahertz communication technology in a series of flight tests.
Mike Warren, CEO of ABWN, said, "We are excited to enter into this agreement and pair UCLA's pioneering work in terahertz communications with our inventive work in air-to-air and air-to-ground mesh networks. There are many areas of collaboration and mutual interest."
The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering's Integrated Sensors Laboratory, directed by Aydin Babakhani, professor of electrical and computer engineering, designs, fabricates, and tests silicon-based terahertz sensors and systems. The laboratory has reported the world's first picosecond pulse generation and detection technology using silicon microchips and successfully demonstrated a long distance link.
"We look forward to our collaboration with ABWN in deploying our terahertz technology on airborne platforms," said Babakhani. "The large bandwidth and high directivity offered by our research is an ideal solution for establishing secure air-to-air wireless links."
The UCLA-developed technology avoids the alignment and dispersion issues that limit the performance of free-space optical links. In addition to communication, the broadband terahertz pulse successfully augments the capabilities of precision radars and navigation systems, and also enables the identification and classification of small drones and other airborne objects through hyper-spectral sensing and micro-Doppler effects.
The technology is expected to be tested at mid-level altitudes (10,000 to 15,000 feet) where it is expected to have inherent advantages over satellites; it will also be used to test and establish high bandwidth self-synchronizing airborne data links.
About Airborne Wireless Network
Airborne Wireless Network is creating high-speed broadband airborne wireless networks by linking commercial aircraft in flight. Aircraft in the network create a digital information superhighway in the sky and serve as an internet pipeline to improve coverage and connectivity across the world.
About UCLA Samueli School of Engineering:
The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is recognized as a leader in engineering education, research and service. Known as the "Birthplace of the Internet," UCLA Samueli has been the home for solutions to challenges in critical fields such as artificial intelligence, sustainability, healthcare, and information technology.
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