Helium balloons east of NZ

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VK4WDM
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Helium balloons east of NZ

Post by VK4WDM » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:15 am

Flightrader24 is showing a cluster of helium balloons east of the New Zealand coast. I wonder what they are? Fishing net markers maybe?

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Re: Helium balloons east of NZ

Post by VK4HJI » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:28 am

7 helium balloons that are part of Google Project Loon are now visible outside the coast of New Zealand.

Project Loon is a research and development project being developed by Google with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 20 mi (32 km) to create an aerial wireless network with up to 3G-like speeds.

Map: http://www.flightradar24.com/-43.96,173.08/9

More info: http://www.google.com/loon/

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Loon

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Re: Helium balloons east of NZ

Post by VK4GJW » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:59 am

Dont see how that is going to work when currently, all seven balloons are about 200km east of the NZ mainland! Two are currently at about 1,000ft and the other 5 at or about 100ft! Your going to need some dam good antennas to work these suckers into the internet! :D
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