Sky Station International
Sky Station's platforms are ideally
suited to delivering a variety of wireless telecommunications services.
Located in the stratosphere 21Km (70,000 feet) above the earth, each platform acts as the highest tower in town, providing high density, high capacity, high speed service with low power requirements and no latency to an entire metropolitan and suburban area extending out into rural areas. No other existing or proposed technology offers this combination of high density service and low cost.
Subscribers transmit directly to the platform, where on board switching routes traffic directly to other Sky Station subscribers within the same platform coverage area. Traffic destined for subscribers outside the platform coverage area is routed through ground stations to the public networks or to other platforms serving nearby cities.
The Sky Station Advantage
The capabilities and low cost of the Sky Station system will revolutionize telecommunications.
A Big Pipe into Every Home
With data rates bursting to 2Mbps uplink and 10Mbps downlink, subscribers enjoy high speed Internet browsing and hosting, as well as other broadband services such as video conferencing.
Spectrum in the 47GHz band has
already been designated globally by the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU) as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
for use by high-altitude stratospheric platforms, paving the way for
planned commercial service to commence in the year 2005.
Wide Area Public Wireless
With its high gain (> 37 dBi) multi-beam
phased array antenna, Sky Station can provide wide area ubiquitous public
Wi-Fi service. Because of its small beam diameter, and its Fast Realtime On
Demand Beam Allocation (FRODBA), Sky Station can provide high-speed wireless
Internet and data services anywhere, anytime, without interferring with other
equipmenets operating in the same bands. WIth Sky Station's Public Wi-Fi service,
customers can get connected anywhere within Sky Station's vast footprint of
560 km diameter coverage, and not be restricted to just a few isolated Wi-Fi
hot spots. It is literally, the "biggest Wi-Fi switch in Sky"!
Telephony for the Developing World
Wireless High-Speed Backbone
Satellite TV broadcasting has been another hot story of 2002 and is enjoying a healthy growth in 2003. However, after having traveled 36,000 km to reach earth, the satellite TV signals become so weak that they require large (20 inch in diameter or so) satellite dish antennas precisely aligned so as to point exactly at the satellite in order to provide acceptable TV reception. For two-way data services, even larger and more accurately aligned satellite antennas are needed, since only such large antennas can focus the signal to narrow-enough beams to avoid interference from/to adjacent geo-synchronous satellites that are only 3 degrees apart!
At 21 km in altitude, Sky Station platform is far above any man-made radio noise, thus any satellite TV signal can be received with great clarity using Sky Station's built-in high gain satllite antenna. The received satellite signal is then re-amplified and re-broadcasted using beam-shaping antennas to ensure almost uniform signal strength across a coverage area of 300 km in radius. Subscribers within this coverage area can received satellite TV signals using portable satellite TV receivers with 4-in diameter ultra-small patch/dish antennas.
Sky Station can also improve two-way satellite data service because its multi-beam data delivery technology allows the same spectrum to be reused multiple times within even a medium size city. This will enable satellite operators to serve hundreds of time more customers within a given metropolitan area. By contrast, a satellite beam is typically larger than even the largest metropolitan area, hence only a fraction of the alloted spectrum can be used within any metroplitan area., thus limiting its capacity to service major cities where most customers reside. Another benefit Sky Station can provide to satellite operators is to enable the digital satellite signals, whether it be one-way TV signal, or 2-way data/voice/multimedia signals, to interconnect with Sky Station's own 3G and/or public Wi-Fi networks to reach an even broader audience.
Sky Station™ is a proprietary mark of Sky Station International, Inc.