Google is building a huge secret Radio Transmitter in the Desert

Google is building a secret transmitter at Spaceport America and no one knows why

We had earlier reported that Google is testing its 5G drones at its Spaceport America facility in the remote sands of New Mexico. However it seems Google is doing much more than that.

According to an FCC document unearthed by Brian Benchoff at Hackaday, the internet giant applied for an experimental radio license to be built in the New Mexico desert.

Google has asked FCC to treat some information relating to radio experiments as confidential however Hackaday was able to decipher some of the things in the report.

Google is building a huge secret Radio Transmitter in the Desert

These experiments involve highly directional and therefore high power transmissions at 2.5 GHz, 5.8GHz, 24GHz, 71-76GHz, and 81-86GHz. These experiments will take place at Spaceport America, a 12,000 foot runway in the middle of New Mexico occasionally used by SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and now Google.

As Benchoff points out, there’s a transmitter in the 70-80 GHz band which isnt regulated by FCC, and is normally used for high-bandwidth communications. This band is also used for high-bandwidth wireless routers.

However, Google’s secret project has much more than what meets the eye. A normal AM radio station needs 50 KW of power in watts, and can reach an estimate 38 states. Google’s secret transmitter is powered at massive 96.4-kilowatt transmitter indicating it is for some specialised purpose.

The transmitter may be tied to the Google Loon project which we reported last month. But, knowing Google’s panache for secretive projects, it can also be an alien listening outpost.


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