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Pentagon Will Use Drones to Create Wi-Fi

Pentagon Will Use Drones to Create Wi-Fi

The Pentagon plans to turn old drones into Wi-Fi hotspots.

The move is similar to Facebook's initiative to connect the world online with blanket Wi-Fi.

The equipment needed for long-range high bandwidth Wi-Fi is often unavailable to troops; engineers hope this move will be remedied with airborne Wi-Fi hot spots that will remain close to isolated troops.

Critics fear the drones will compromise security however.

If the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (darpa) Wi-Fi hotspot programme successfully launches, US troops will be able to access a secure, stable and fast internet connection.

Darpa programme manager Dick Ridgway said: "We're pleased with the technical achievements we've seen so far in steerable millimetre-wave antennas and millimetre-wave amplifier technology.

"These successes - and the novel networking approaches needed to maintain these high-capacity links - are key to providing forward deployed units with the same high-capacity connectivity we all enjoy over our 4G cell-phone networks."


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