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Google frying the [redacted] ionosphere with 96kW at 80GHz?

posted 14 Mar 2016, 11:05 by Burnham RadioClub
The FCC have released a heavily redacted document (ie lots of text has been deleted as it is confidential) summarising tests that Google have been doing at Virgin Galactic's base of Spaceport America in the US state of New Mexico.

The tests are being conducted in a number of bands from 2.5GHz to 80 GHz. In the latter band Google's max EIRP is 96kW (52dBW), which seems like an awful lot of power. Actually it isn't much at all - they are using an antenna with 55dB gain so their transmitter is only putting out half a watt!

You can find the FCC document here.

The reasons for the tests are unclear but Google have been reported as conducting tests on drones and other aerial platforms at that location. Google has been allocated a callsign for the tests: WI9XZE.