Many industries rely on telecommunications networks to support their critical objectives. Space Data’s technology has applications across a broad spectrum of industries including public- and private-sector commercial uses. Safety, resiliency, reliability, and efficiency are key performance indicators in many industries that Space Data serves.
High-altitude, balloon-borne transceivers known as SkySite® Platforms are launched every 8 to 12 hours.
Each SkySite® Platform takes just 20 minutes to launch and rises to an altitude of 60,000 to 100,000 feet, creating a coverage circle of over 400 miles.
SkySite® integrates three proven technologies— nano electronics, industrial weather balloons and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows Space Data’s SkySite® stratospheric platforms to be launched without restriction, since they are sufficiently small and light enough to pose no threat to aircraft safety.
The affordable and secure data services delivered over the SkySite® stratospheric network enable critical applications across a wide range of industries to provide customers continuous coverage and ensure precise system timing and location information.
What do we mean by “stratospheric wireless communications network?” Imagine the space encircling the earth higher than terrestrial communications towers and antennas. Then think about the satellites orbiting the earth. The space between those two levels is considered ‘stratospheric’ space. Radios communicating in this area have much larger coverage radius and do not suffer from interference from crowded terrestrial wireless systems.
Some key applications for this type of system cross multiple industries and include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Land Mobile Radio (LMR). Finding a reliable, cost-effective way to communicate with workers and devices in very rural and remote locations is a challenge that has not been addressed by currently available wireless networks. The SkySite® network is designed to provide two-way messaging service over wide swaths that encompass everything from cities to the most remote areas in the country.
Today’s field personnel often use handheld devices to access such information as work orders, worker schedules and database content. Space Data works directly with businesses to integrate mobile applications and two-way messaging onto the newest generation of handheld devices, from almost any vendor.