The Federal Communications Commission wants to be able to restore communications after a natural disaster or emergency with aircraft, Politico reports.
Thursday, Oceus Networks announced its plans to provide the FCC with research and development into such a network and help conduct a broadband trial this September.
President and CEO Doug Smith said the network would allow responders to communicate during major national disasters or attacks, adding that the firm will work other companies on the project.
According to Politico, the FCC wants a deployable aerial communications architecture in emergency communications that can temporarily restore critical communication components when land-based services are lost.
The agency wants to run a pilot to determine whether DACA-enabled aircraft and ground communications will interfere with one another and how to mediate if that is the case.
Oceus plans to develop its fourth generation long term evolution system in an aerial telecommunications architecture that could supplement communication modes knocked out of order.
The company will conduct the test with a high altitude balloon, which will carry Oceus’ Xiphos systems to near-space altitude.
First responders on the ground will have access to the systems with LTE modems.