Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jun 2013 17:58 UTC
Google "The Internet is one of the most transformative technologies of our lifetimes. But for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach. And this is far from being a solved problem. There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity - jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month's income. Solving these problems isn't simply a question of time: it requires looking at the problem of access from new angles. So today we're unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access." Insane.
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RE: Well
by unclefester on Tue 18th Jun 2013 09:09 UTC in reply to "Well"
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I can't see this working.
Air space violation -> kaboom, bye bye internets.

Altitudes above 12mi (18km) are generally considered to be international airspace.

It is almost impossible to shoot down a high altitude balloon. Very few countries have suitable high altitude missiles. A missile that hits an unpressurised helium balloon will simply punch a small hole in the cover causing a very slow leak.

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