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Sceye announces stratospheric flight

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Sceye Inc. had a successful flight of its airship in Roswell on May 19, when it reached the stratosphere at an altitude of 64,600 miles.

The high-altitude platform station (HAPS) launched at 9:20 a.m. last Wednesday from the company’s hangar at the Roswell Air Center and landed at 11:30 a.m., according to information released Friday through a newswire service.

The company also announced that it recently had set a record for long-distance data connection when it had demonstrated that its connections had a range of 140 kilometers, or about 87 miles. Sceye indicated that its connection reached 40 kilometers further than current LTE connections.

“We view the successful flight and the record-setting data connection as a significant milestone for our technology, one that could dissolve the rural broadband barrier,” said Sceye Chief Executive Officer Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen.

Sceye said that with its combination of airships and data connectivity systems it can provide high-speed broadband connection as wide as 27,000 square miles.

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Sceye, which also has facilities in Moriarty, New Mexico, is a materials science company founded in 2014 that intends to use its airships to provide universal broadband and to conduct high-resolution, real-time Earth monitoring of climate change conditions, pollution and emissions, natural disasters and wildlife and their habitats.

As part of its broadband initiative, Sceye is part of a consortium of entities working to provide 100% connectivity for the Navajo Nation.

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