SIMI VALLEY, California, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Airborne Wireless Network (OTC QB: ABWN) announced today that, in preparation of its upcoming Hybrid Radio and Laser Communications Flight Test, Mynaric (formerly Vialight Communications), has arranged for the shipment of two flight laser terminals and associated components to ABWN pursuant to the Design and Manufacturing Services Agreement effective August 11, 2017.
The confirmed shipment will allow ABWN to execute its next phase of testing, to conduct a two-plane test utilizing two Cessnas or equivalent planes (the Cessna Tests). The Cessna Tests build upon ABWN’s successful May 2017 proof of flight concept test performed in Roswell, New Mexico, which utilized two Boeing 767s and successfully demonstrated the ability of aircraft equipped with Infinitus Super Highway™ to act as airborne repeaters / routers to send and receive broadband signals from one aircraft to another. The proof of flight concept test also successfully demonstrated aircraft-to-ground communication, ground-to-aircraft communication, and aircraft-to-aircraft-to-ground-and-back communication.
Michael Warren, CEO of ABWN, said, “Our collaboration with Mynaric in our upcoming Cessna Tests provides an important step in initiating our proprietary Hybrid Radio and Laser Communications System and moves us closer towards achieving the commercialization of our Infinitus Super Highway™. We expect this demonstration will confirm data rates between two airborne platforms that was not previously technologically possible.”
“We are proud to work with Airborne Wireless Network in this significant milestone in the eventual realization of full operational status of its Infinitus Super Highway™,” said Dr. Markus Knapek, Board Member of Mynaric.
Through its July 25, 2017 patent application, ABWN is seeking exclusive rights in the method of synchronizing laser links between aircraft in flight for use in its proprietary Infinitus Super Highway™ technology. ABWN will be using this method as a roadmap to attempt to exponentially increase data transfer speeds for the ABWN’s contemplated Infinitus Super Highway™.
The Mynaric Flight Laser Terminals being used for ABWN’s Cessna Tests will test the interruption of the laser link to further validate ABWN’s Hybrid Radio and Laser Communications System. The Cessna Tests are being designed to prove that “self-synchronizing” and “self-restoring” airborne laser links are feasible and practical. ABWN presently anticipates that it will be able to conduct the Cessna Tests and a larger airborne test involving up to 20 commercial aircraft during the 2018 calendar year. If successful, ABWN would seek to complete the hardware and software development in order to launch Infinitus Super Highway™.