Wireless Balloons

Drucker, Elliott
April 2008
Wireless Week;4/1/2008, Vol. 14 Issue 7, p36
Trade Publication
The article presents the author's comments on the plan of Space Data Corp. to use free-floating balloons to provide wireless communication network coverage in less populated areas. The SkySite system will suspend miniaturized wireless base station equipment from hydrogen-filled latex balloons launched at intervals from multiple sites along the edge of regions to be covered. According to the author, the company will have to overcome a lot of challenges to succeed with its SkySite system.


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