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Science fiction or real life? Huge 5G-enabled drones will take over the world’s skies

Science fiction or real life? Huge 5G-enabled drones will take over the world's skies 1

Until recently, it was possible not to live within the reach of a cell tower. However, with the advent of 5G, small cell towers are popping up through every couple of houses in some areas. To make matters worse, some companies are working on massive drones that broadcast 5G to the public, making impact all but inevitable.

The HAWK30 program made a splash last year when it announced its intention to use the Hawaiian island of Lanai as a launch pad for a series of unmanned drones known as HAPS, or high-altitude platform stations. These drones are capable of flying at an altitude of 80,000 feet while carrying a wireless relay and sending 5G signals to the air, land and sea.

The goal, as stated in their application for definition of use, was to develop on-board 5G communication systems to provide reliable wireless service over a vast area of ​​the Earth, including remote lands, the ocean, and deep valleys.

The project has received FAA clearance that will allow the drones to fly for up to two years in 150 square miles of airspace over the beautiful islands of Lanai and Kahulawe and Molokini Crater, as well as hundreds of tropical fish species found in the surrounding waters.

Each of these drones emits as much high frequency electromagnetic radiation as 1,800 cell towers. HAPS is reported to operate as a 124-mile diameter cell-site, irradiating all life forms within its range.

If we approach the issue theoretically and assume that radio waves affect our brains (which is not far from the truth) – then a certain energy is needed to transmit each bit, and the degree of impact on brain in the coverage area of ​​the base station is directly proportional to the number of bits transmitted by the base station. An hour-long trip with a smartphone in hand and watching a video from Tiktok at 1 Mbps burns the brains of others 6 orders of magnitude more than a minute conversation on a cell phone. In other words, we are all paying with our scorched brains for the fact that many nowadays have the opportunity to watch videos on every transport. And it does not depend on whether it is 3G, 4G or 5G.

Last month Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced along with Japanese tech giant SoftBank that they had established a stable LTE connection using a solar-powered HAWK30 Sunglider drone 62,000 feet above the ground in the stratosphere. The connection was reportedly good enough to enable an international video call between participants from America and Japan. The connection speed was not disclosed, but the call was in high definition and with low latency.

HAPSMobile has provided an autonomous Sunglider drone capable of staying in the air for months. A slow-moving aircraft designed for endurance rather than speed can linger in the stratosphere over commercial airline flights and recharge its batteries with the help of the sun. According to HAPSMobile, this test was the first in the world using an autonomous fixed-wing aircraft.

Companies planning to roll out 5G across the UK

Meanwhile, a pair of UK firms recently announced that they plan to use hydrogen-powered aircraft equipped with antennas to transmit 5G signals across the UK. They say they could cover the entire country with about 60 drones and would do so in partnership with mobile operators, according to the BBC.

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Research has shown that 5G technology is emitting radiation at levels that humans have never been exposed to before, and we just don’t yet know what the long-term effects might be. However, we do know that its predecessors, 4G, 3G, and 2G, were associated with a host of health risks such as cancer, neurological disorders, reproductive harm, and genetic damage. 

Some experts even warn that the surface of the human body can attract 5G radiation like an antenna. Its exponentially greater power than 4G and the use of massive MIMO make it particularly risky.

In some cities, such as Brussels, 5G rollouts have been halted due to health risk concerns. However, soon even people in the countryside will not be able to avoid it when drones emit this dangerous radiation flying overhead.


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