GlobeTel Communications Corp. has introduced a new genre of air craft dubbed Stratellite, by Sanswire, its wholly owned subsidiary. It is not a balloon or a blimp. It is a high-altitude airship designed to provide a stationary platform situated in the stratosphere, from which it will be able to transmit wireless communications services presently transmitted from cell towers and satellites.
The craft is powered by solar powered electrical engines. The outer envelope is covered in film photovoltaic units.
Placing a communications platform into the stratosphere, in the form of an airship, has never been done before. A Stratellite will be able to consistently deliver wireless voice, video, and data services at a much lower cost than technologies of today.
Each craft will reach its final altitude by utilizing proprietary lifting gas technology. Once in place at 65,000 feet (approx. 13 miles), safely above the jet stream, each Stratellite will remain in one GPS coordinate, providing the ideal wireless transmission platform. The Stratellites are unmanned airships and will be monitored from the Company’s Operation Centers on the ground.
Sanswire One, the first Stratellite, was unveiled Tuesday to over 300 people, including members of the media, personnel from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. and international commercial interests, as well as investors and shareholders.
A Stratellite will have a payload capacity of several thousand pounds and clear line-of-sight to approximately 300,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of Texas.
The Stratellite is similar to a satellite in concept, but is stationed in the stratosphere rather than in orbit. Existing satellites provide easy “download” capabilities, but because of their high altitude are not practical for commercially viable “two-way” high-speed data communication. The Stratellite will allow subscribers to easily communicate in “both directions” using readily available wireless devices.
Once the National Wireless Broadband Network is completed, Sanswire will be able to provide voice, video, and broadband Internet access to all parts of the country.