Google seeks temporary license to test high-power transmissions at Spaceport America

Google has submitted materials with the FCC seeking permission to conduct more confidential tests involving highly directional and high power transmissions at 2.5 GHz, 5.8 GHz, 24 GHz, 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz, according to Hackaday. The experiments will take place at Spaceport America, the spaceport in the middle of New Mexico where SpaceX and Virgin Galactic stage operations.

The Guardian reported earlier this year that Google is using millimeter wave technology to test solar-powered drones at Spaceport. Code-named SkyBender, the project involves the use of several prototype transceivers and multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws.

Hackaday says the recent documents submitted by Google show that engineers plan to use an effective radiated power (ERP) of 96,411 W using very high-gain antennas with a beam width of less than half a degree. Article