Latency could be a problem with multiple relays between balloons, and therefore bandwidth would suffer, but cheaper & possible faster than comparable, satellite
Can't wait! Just wondering if there is a site where you can follow the path of the balloons, or where you can at least see how many they have up.
I read they released 30 balloons in NZ, and they expect them to be able to stay up for ~100 days each (experts are saying ~55 days is the maximum). They steer them by moving between the layers in the stratosphere. Wonder why no-one has done this before?
Apparently, to keep costs down, they have some control over where the balloon will land. This is so they can collect the balloon and recycle the parts
. Very cool.. I'm just trying to think of what they have not thought of, seems like a fruitless effort.
Of course, the only problem with global coverage is the fact that at the moment they have only figured this out for the jet stream.