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Cellular Service By Balloon To Be Tested

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Jan 30, 2006, 2:47 PM   by (staff)

Extend America and Space Data, two American technology companies, are set to trial a high altitude hydrogen balloon that would provide cellular service to rural areas. The trial will take place next week using balloons that Space Data has already launched to create private radio networks for oil companies. If the trial is successful, Extend America hopes to launch a fleet of balloons over North Dakota, to provide cell service to the sparse population, by this summer. The balloons will float freely at a high altitude, transmitting signals while over the state. Once they drift out of range, the cellular components are released and fall back to earth on a parachute, where they can be collected and recycled for another launch.

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Dropping out of the sky? muchdrama Jan 30, 2006, 9:20 PM
Balloons ... They really can't be that bad ... maxrebo Jan 30, 2006, 8:14 PM
Glad Im not the only one thats like what the heck! ant1171984 Jan 30, 2006, 10:44 PM
Huh??? sigmamason Jan 30, 2006, 3:17 PM
New jobs created... muchdrama Jan 30, 2006, 4:32 PM
Let's get this straight... muchdrama Jan 30, 2006, 4:31 PM
Try this slauttr Jan 30, 2006, 6:27 PM
HOPE I GET ONE ON MY LAWN regine44 Jan 30, 2006, 5:14 PM
Like. . .whoa SoTotally Jan 30, 2006, 5:01 PM
I can hear the recording now... bones boy Jan 30, 2006, 3:36 PM
Is it April Fool's day already? SB2002 Jan 30, 2006, 3:14 PM
What?? INSURANCERIPOFF Jan 30, 2006, 3:13 PM
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