By S.L. Fuller | May 5, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Airborne Wireless Network an experimental operation certification, supporting development of the company’s air-to-air communication system, Airborne Wireless Network said.
With the certification, the company plans to conduct ground tests and flight tests of its demonstration system. Called the Infinitus Super HighwayTM, the patented system could yield a “first.”
The intended flight-test operating area is near Roswell, New Mexico. The tests would involve two Boeing testbed aircraft. They would pass broadband data between each other and the ground station during flight. Airborne Wireless Network said it would be “a first of its kind air-to-air and air-to-ground meshed network link.”
"This approval is a significant achievement in the testing and development of our Infinitus Super Highway. We believe our technology has the potential to become an important opportunity for improving and creating a global pipeline that takes connectivity beyond current limitations,” said Jason T. de Mos, the company's VP of business development and aviation compliance. “We are very much looking forward to the test demonstration and bringing this new, highly innovative communications network system to market."