Google launches laser telecommunications company Aalyria
Google and parent company Alphabet have been working on a project dubbed “Minkowski” for some time that would focus on a high-speed satellite telecommunications network. Today, Google took things to the next level by publicly revealing the project as a new spin-out called Aalyria led by CEO Chris Taylor.
With Aalyria, Google aims to “radically improve” satellite communications and Wi-Fi. According to CNBC reports, Alphabet has transferred nearly a decade of technology, intellectual property, patents, office space and assets in Aalyria earlier this year. It also garnered an impressive $8.7 million in funding from a recent government defense contract with the US Defense Innovation Unit.
That being said, Google has yet to release any specific details and information about Aalyria outside of its core concept and mission to run “hyper-fast, ultra-secure, and highly complex communications networks that span the land, sea, air, near space, and deep space.
Google says Aalyria has laser communication technology “at a scale and speed exponentially greater than anything in existence today.” Going deeper into this, Aalyria uses a light-laser technology called “Tightbeam” which is said to be able to keep data intact through “atmosphere and weather” while providing connectivity “where no supporting infrastructure exists”.
Other notables about the project include Google retaining a minority stake in Aalyria, with Aalyria’s board including a number of Google executives, including Vint Cerf. For more on Aalyria, be sure to read CNBC’s full report.
And to catch up on what else Google has been up to lately, check out some of our previous coverage, including Google pushing back its third-party cookie replacement until 2024, and Google’s (GOOGL) advertising revenue topping $56 billion. in the second quarter of 2022.