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A Bal-Loon with a View

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A Bal-Loon with a View

Google has launched 30 balloons into the stratosphere from New Zealand as it experiments with ways to bring affordable internet access to the world.
Nicknamed Project Loon, the internet giant is sending the superpressure balloons 12 miles up into the air, where they will sail around the globe at twice the altitude of aeroplanes.
The helium-filled balloons inflate to 49ft in diameter and carry transmitters that could beam 3G-speed internet to some of the 4.8billion people in the world that are not yet online, supplying an area of about 780 square miles - twice the size of New York City.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2342127/Now-Google-launches-BALLOONS-bid-bring-intern...
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

Perhaps they could fill a Balloon with all the cash they have saved in Taxes and burst it as it travels across the UK. Smiley
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

I often wondered about this "cloud" storage stuff for pics and files.... now I understand how it works  Cheesy
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

Wonder what happens when the balloon bursts? do we get hit by solar panels? Wonder what the insurance premium is like Undecided
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

Presumably, each balloon and associated equipment can be tracked, by GPS or Triangulation, so some warning of where it may come to Earth is probable.
And additionally give some indication of vertical height / downwards velocity.
There's probably a small inbuilt parachute too.

I would expect the balloons to leak, rather than burst, and so come back down gently.... We shall see.
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

They're really Obama spy balloons.
I'm putting my foil hat on. Smiley
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Re: A Bal-Loon with a View

That won`t foil the spy`s  Cheesy