Long Range Communication
Easy Aerial is working on Long range communication to the drone beside the normal radio control (RC) communication. We focus on two types of long range communication – Cellular and Satellite.
We have already successfully integrated cellular communication that enable us to control the drone whenever a 2nd generation cellular network is available (2nd and up, including GSM and LTE).
Iridium Communications Inc.
(formerly Iridium Satellite LLC) is a company, based in McLean, Virginia, United States which operates the Iridium satellite constellation, a system of 66 active satellites used for worldwide voice and data communication. The Iridium network is unique in that it covers the whole Earth, including poles, oceans and airways, with 95 satellites launched so far. The satellites are in six polar low Earth orbital planes at a height of approximately 485 miles (780 km).
The problem with the iridium satellite communication us the data transfer rate (DTR) which is very low compared to RC or Cellular communication. Easy Aerial research focus is not optimize the control protocols needed to fly the drone so the information sent over the network will be the minimum required
The iridium modem is quite small and it is fairly easy integrated into the EASY AERIAL drones.