{Disarmed} Project Taara is Alphabet s initiative to transmit hundreds of terabytes 5 km away

Project Taara is Alphabet's initiative to transmit hundreds of terabytes 5 km away

Google may have abandoned its Project Loon , but there is a part of that initiative that still has potential for the future. It is the Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) system with which the balloons from the original project communicated.

That technology is the basis of the so-called Project Taara , which takes advantage of these optical and wireless communications to achieve something like a fiber connection, but without cable . The distance at which data can be sent reaches 5 km, and the first tests carried out in India or the Republic of the Congo are promising.

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In 20 days, the pilot test with a transmitter and a receiver has proven to work remarkably, and more than 700 TB of data have been transmitted over a distance of about 5 km . This first experiment has also shown a high availability of 99.9%, which poses an interesting alternative to offer internet connections in rural areas.

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The different nodes of the network must have a direct line of sight between each other so that the beam of light that communicates the data can transmit them without problems.

This is the extreme tests that Google's Project Loon balloons are subjected to In xiaomist.com This is the extreme tests that Google's Project Loon balloons are subjected to

Yet these nodes have the ability to adjust their mirrors to connect "a toothpick-width beam of light with enough precision to hit a 5-centimeter target 10 kilometers away."

The idea is certainly interesting and offers yet another alternative to other internet connectivity projects in remote and rural areas.

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This initiative however seems to have a difficult time given the promising capacity of Starlink and other satellite internet options that seem to be a good answer to that problem.

Via | The Verge

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