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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Well
by p13. on Tue 18th Jun 2013 08:38 UTC
p13.
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2005-07-10

I can't see this working.
Air space violation -> kaboom, bye bye internets.

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RE: Well
by unclefester on Tue 18th Jun 2013 09:09 in reply to "Well"
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2007-01-13

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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RE[2]: Well
by MOS6510 on Tue 18th Jun 2013 11:09 in reply to "RE: Well"
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2011-05-12

Bloody nano missiles.

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RE[2]: Well
by Ultimatebadass on Tue 18th Jun 2013 12:27 in reply to "RE: Well"
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2006-01-08

Using anti-aircraft missiles on baloons? I don't think anyone would be insane enough given the cost of those. Also (correct me if i'm wrong) most anti-aircraft missiles have some kind of proximity fuse so it wouldn't just punch a hole.

Depending on what fighters a country has it might be possible to send those up and gun the things down.

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