Revolutionizing land, sea, air and space communication networks”. The mission of Aalyria, Google’s brand new spin-off unveiled on September 13, 2022, is clear. Before taking its independence, this project responded to the name of “Minkowski” at Google. A team of technicians was then working on software for high-speed communication networks that stretch from earth to space.


Aalyria is sort of the next generation of Alphabet’s Loon project. This project to deploy communication networks using stratospheric balloons ended in January 2021. Alphabet even specified that it had transferred nearly a decade of technologies, intellectual property, patents, office space and other assets at Aalyria earlier this year. But the company did not wish to specify how long its teams had been working on this project or how many employees are joining the start-up.

Aalyria claims to “radically” improve satellite communications, Wi-Fi in planes and ships, and cellular connectivity. The start-up explains that it wants to orchestrate and manage ultra-fast and secure communication networks to cover land, sea, air and space. It talks about its “advanced networking and laser communication technologies capable of orchestrating and managing the most complex networks around the world, and bringing them to places where there is no connectivity infrastructure.”

Its intelligent network orchestration technology called Spacetime corresponds to cloud-based software that allows it to manage the various connections. Its laser communication technology, called Tightbeam, consists of beams of light that transmit data between base stations and terminals. “We are able to orchestrate links between satellites and constellations that allow the interconnection of government and commercial constellation providers, assures Chris Taylor, CEO of Aalyria, in a press release. We can orchestrate high-speed urban meshes and unified global network operations.”


The proof that its technology is attractive: the start-up claims to have already secured an 8 million dollar contract with the (DIU), an organization of the United States Department of Defense. The start-up already markets its software and plans to market its Tightbeam solution next year.

Google retains a minority stake in Aalyria, which has also raised funds from well-known Silicon Valley investors like the founders of Accel, J2 Ventures and Housatonic. Alphabet seems to be seeking to limit internal projects and reckless spending since its subsidiary Waymo, which specializes in autonomous driving, has already raised funds from outside players.

A start-up is studying a revolutionary laser communication

Can you still refer to google Project Loon recall? With a kind of weather balloon, Google wanted it the Internet take to remote areas. But the project didn’t last long, in early 2021 Google’s parent company Alphabet Loon was axed. But the technology lives on – in the startup Alyria.

However, Aalyria does not continue to bet on the balls, but on “tight beam”, a laser communication system. Data is sent from A to B using laser beams. Locations don’t have to be fixed. Using software called space-time, is calculated and predicted where the sender and receiver will go. For example, a satellite can serve as a narrow beam transmitter, a ship or an aircraft as a receiver – or vice versa. Spacetime was originally developed by Google for Project Loon to path of their weather balloons to predict.

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Aalyria already wants next year Material sell for laser communication network. tight beam works like a fiber optic cable, only without the cable. According to the company, the connection speed also significantly faster, according to a press release, even “100 to 1,000 times faster than anything we know today”. So you can use the technology up to 1.6 terabit per second send over hundreds of kilometres.

Of course, laser internet is not as easy to implement as a fiber optic connection. Dust, rain, birds – all these represent obstacles which may disrupt or interrupt the flow of data. The solution for this also comes from Google and once communication is enabled between loony balloons. Through algorithms will notably calculate the effects of these disturbances, thus drawing attention to output signal can close.

passed tests

Aalyria has already succeeded in convincing in many tests, in particular by sending a data stream to a Plane at 160 kilometers shipped. All the plane needed was a volleyball-sized receiver. “We can deliver gigabit Internet access to every passenger on the plane,” said Chris Taylor, CEO of Aalyria.

However, smooth in-flight entertainment is unlikely to be the first application of the laser communication network. The company already has one Contract with the US Army negotiated to demonstrate the technology. Then we will see if the company can keep its promises.

Google Spinoff wants to use space lasers for high-speed internet in airplanes and Mars rovers

Aalyria is a new startup spun off from Google parent Alphabet that wants to use lasers to push the internet long distances and deliver speeds of up to 1.6 terabits per second, the company said in a press release. tuesday. That’s significantly faster than the gigabit service consumers can get today from broadband Internet service providers.

The Google spin-off claims its technology can deliver internet to remote parts of the world and to receivers on celestial bodies, such as a rover on Mars or a lunar base camp.

“We can orchestrate high-speed urban meshes and global unified network operations, and we can help connect the next three billion people,” Aalyria CEO Chris Taylor said in the release. “We can do it today – and at scale.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two technologies touted by Aalyria are Spacetime and Tightbeam. Spacetime is a software platform that manages networks of ground stations, aircraft, satellites, city grids, and other systems to optimize land, sea, and air antenna links. Tightbeam is an “advanced coherent light space optics technology” that uses lasers to move data through the atmosphere and weather “100 to 1,000 times faster than anything available today”.

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