Up In The Sky
By Carlo Longino, Thu Aug 28 03:00:00 GMT 2003

I thought this idea had died a few years ago, but one US company still hopes to launch weather balloon base stations.


Space Data Corp. plans to launch its mobile network that uses transceiver-equipped weather balloons instead of tower-mounted base stations sometime next year.

The company says it can cover an area the size of the state of Oklahoma (that's about 69,000 square miles, or 178,000 square kilometers) with one balloon flying at 100,000 feet. They also say to launch balloons twice a day from 70 sites in 48 states will only cost USD 300 each. They also say their systems will work with existing end-user equipment.

Me, I'll believe it when I see (or hear) it.