[nexa] How Google Will Use High-Flying Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands

gianluca gianlucaquaglia at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 09:27:22 CEST 2013


How Google Will Use High-Flying Balloons to Deliver Internet to the 
Hinterlands

Not much happens in Geraldine, a small farming community in the interior 
of the South Island of New Zealand, about 85 miles from Christchurch. So 
when Hayden MacKenzie, a fourth-generation farmer there, picked up the 
phone last Tuesday and got a request to participate in a secret 
project—one that he wouldn’t even learn about until he signed a vow of 
silence—he and his wife Anna figured that they’d take a shot. That 
evening, two men showed up at his cozy farmhouse. They bore a peculiar 
red device, a sphere slightly bigger than a volleyball perched on a 
short collar, and attached it to his roof. Then they left.

Only when the men returned the next day did they reveal what they were 
up to. Inside the red ball was an antenna that would give the MacKenzies 
Internet access. It was custom-designed to communicate with a similar 
antenna that would be floating by in the stratosphere, over 60,000 feet 
above sea level. On a solar-powered balloon.

Oh, and the men work for Google. [...]

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http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/google_internet_balloons/

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