Sky-High Wi-Fi

New Scientist:

A blisteringly fast data downlink provided by a stratospheric balloon floating 24,000 metres above the Earth has been tested for the first time.

The untethered, 12,000-cubic-metre helium balloon was tested on 31 August for several hours. Analysis now shows the test was a success and sent data to the ground at 1.25 gigabits per second. That is thousands of times the capacity of a home broadband internet connection and the first time such a link has been tested from the stratosphere.

Awesome. Now what I want to see is the entire planet Earth bathed in Wi-Fi. Let's make everywhere accessible to the internet. Maybe I'm just dreaming, but this seems to prove its technical feasibility

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