Frequently Asked Questions
Sky Station International
What is the Sky Station system?
What services are provided
by the Sky Station system?
Equipped with a SkyStation user terminal, users will enjoy broadband service at 2Mbps-10Mbps. These high data rates can be used for a multitude of services, from internet browsing and hosting, TV/Internet access, full motion video chat/video conferencing, local and long distance telephony, on-line remote monitoring, security - in summary, any broadband service, which includes all technologies offered through the internet, will be compatible with Sky Station service.
In addition to the telecommunications service, Sky Station International is dedicated to the environment and will provide environmental, humanitarian, urban planning & development applications through technologies such as remote sensing. For further information, you may contact our environmental applications group.
How many Sky Stations will
there be and where will they be located?
Because each platform will utilize the same telecommunications payload, and due to the portable nature of our service, users will enjoy the same high speed service when they travel that they will be accustomed to at home.
When will the Sky Station
system be available?
How much will Stratospheric
Telecommunications Service cost?
How can I become involved
with the Sky Station system?
Sky Station is a privately funded company. Current and potential investors may contact us for information on investment opportunities.
If you are interested in provisioning Sky Station service in your country, our International Department can assist you.
Our growth has generated employment opportunities in many disciplines.
First, it is a general principle of spectrum management to place new technologies in the highest and least occupied frequency bands consistent with their necessary operating characteristics and table of frequency allocation classifications.
Second, new technologies should use the minimum amount of bandwidth necessary to provide the required service. The requirement for Stratospheric Telecommunications Service is universal broadband wireless access to low-cost, consumer-oriented user terminals. Using the most advanced techniques of spectrum efficiency, the service requires a paired band of 300 MHz.
How big are Sky Station
How safe are Sky Station
Multiple safety features are being integrated into the entire system, the most important of which is the on-board monitoring system. Installed in each Sky Station platform, it reports back a steady stream of information to the Ground Control Station. This early warning system enables us to anticipate problems and take the appropriate corrective actions before they actually occur. Platforms can be recalled for repair if necessary. A new platform will be deployed in advance to replace the existing one so there will be no interruption of service.
The use of zero pressure inner balloonets greatly reduces the probability of any catastrophic rupture of the main balloonets since their envelopes are hardly stressed. A double envelope design insures that any rupture in the helium balloonets results in a gradual loss of buoyancy enabling the master control system to safely propel the platform to the ground. Further, the most heavily stressed structural balloons are very thick-skinned and resistant to rupture.
Safety is built into the Sky Station STS system with multiple redundancy to insure safe, continuous Stratospheric Telecommunications Service to users on a global basis.
Who is building the Sky Station
Alenia Aerospazio, based near Rome, Italy, operates the world's highest volume satellite communications production facility. It is currently being used to produce dozens of Globalstar low earth orbit satellites, and will next be used to produce 250 Sky Station telecommunications payloads. Alenia Aerospazio is also the world leader in millimeter wave payloads, with the world's first operational satellite that uses the 49 GHz band.
Thomson-CSF is number one in Europe and number three worldwide in professional advanced electronic equipment and systems for information and communication. Thomson-CSF is currently extending France's radio spectrum control system and providing a new approach and landing-aid system for the entire Airbus range of jetliners.
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