21 February 2008 @ 8:22Wireless network supported by balloons?
Do balloons sound like a feasible solution for the infrastructure of a wireless network? I don’t think so, but a company called Space Data is trying exactly that — sending up many transceiver-equipped balloons every day, in order to create a large-scale wireless network.
While the balloons are cheap and disposable at $50 a pop, the transceivers they carry are worth about $1,500. Once a transceiver is released from its balloon to parachute back to earth, there’s no way to predict where it will land. So Space Data has hired 20 hobbyists with GPS devices to track them down.(via The Wall Street Journal)