TechTv has a good article about using balloons to further the capabilities of mobile phones. Teaming up with the US national weather office, they plan to stick a "mini phone tower" on a balloon! Coming to the wilderness near you.....
You're driving down a deserted highway in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town is hundreds of miles away. And you need to use your cellphone, but it keeps displaying "out of service area."
A solution is now in sight. By the end of this year, weather balloons may soon be providing wireless service to remote areas of the United States beyond the reach of traditional cellular towers.
Space Data of Chandler, Arizona, says it's on the verge of launching the service, piggybacking on daily balloon flights made by the National Weather Service.
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