Saturday 23 February 2008

Stratospheric Industries Launch Wifi, Cell and Data Services via Stratacraft

Farmer Jerry Knoblach of Arizona,USA wants to bring wireless service to millions of rural Americans. His plan: Beam it down from balloons hovering at the edge of space.Cheap, disposable hydrogen-filled balloons carrying miniature versions of cellphone towers may soon provide service to rural, sparsely populated areas.
Knoblach's company, Space Data Corp., already launches 10 balloons a day across the Southern U.S., providing specialized telecom services to truckers and oil companies. His balloons soar 20 miles into the stratosphere, each carrying a shoebox-size payload of electronics that acts like a mini cellphone "tower" covering thousands of square miles below.
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Meanwhile more Stratospheric Industries are popping up like Space Data Corp. There are
Mobile phone airship to conquer stratosphere - A zeppelin will replace all of the terrestrial mobile phone antennas in Switzerland - if a Swiss inventor has his way.

Internet access takes to the skies via Turtleships for Cell Service - In North Dakota, former Gov. Ed Schafer is backing a plan to loft wireless network repeaters on balloons high above the state to fill gaps in cellular coverage.

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