Technical issues set back Airborne Wireless Network field tests

Airborne Wireless Network has provided an update on its development and ongoing lab and field testing of its Infinitus Super Highway.

While lab and bench testing, has demonstrated that the contemplated Infinitus Super Highwaycan transfer data at a speed greater than 10 Gbps, issues with the hardware and software and their integration prevented this speed being replicated during recent field testing.

According to the company, the Free Space Optics terminals supplied by Mynaric AG required additional modifications, for which Mynaric has provided support in the form of additional equipment as well as sending two of its technicians to work with Airborne Wireless Network staff in the lab and field. In addition, the custom software developed by Thinking Different Technologies B.V. (TDT), per Airborne Wireless specifications (and owned by it), has required updating, which TDT has been providing. Finally, iNTELLICOM Technologies, Inc., which provides engineering design, product implementation and production, and serves as an integration and test services partner, has been providing additional support.

Once these identified modifications are completed, Airborne Wireless intends to conduct additional field testing and has been granted permission to conduct the field testing at a nearby private university campus located in Simi Valley, California. Following completion of the field testing, the company intends to conduct a two-plane flight/Free Space Optics test utilising two Cessnas installed with the developing Infinitus Super Highway technology and hardware.

Michael J. Warren, chief executive officer of ABWN stated, “We are encouraged about the progress of the Company’s lab and bench test results, but still have to improve the hardware, software and integration to move into the field. We have experienced a number of hardware and software setbacks, which we are working on daily to position ourselves so we may be able to conduct a sustained field test at 10 Gbps data transfer over a distance of 2km. Once the 2 km test is completed, we intend to move forward with the two-plane Cessna test. I wish to personally thank our employees and vendors, including Mynaric, TDT and iNTELLICOM, who have spent countless hours, long nights and weekends to develop the planned Infinitus Super Highway.”

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