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Grey Havoc

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Meant to post this a few days ago:


A follow up story from today by the BBC:
 

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It appears bureaucracy along with a fair bit of politics may have actually been the main reason for the project floundering.
 
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Well that name, for a start... LOON, really ? Even with the power of "big brother Google" behind it, how could they expect in their own minds getting funded with such a hopeless name ?

And balloons, let's talk about them. "cheaper than satellites" yeah. also at the mercy of Earth very turbulent atmosphere...
 

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And balloons, let's talk about them. "cheaper than satellites" yeah. also at the mercy of Earth very turbulent atmosphere...

Locally turbulent, but regionally predictable. There's a lot of layering in the atmosphere, with different layers moving in different directions. A balloon isn't going to hover, but if you can shift layers without expending to many resources on it, then it's not unreasonable to think they could remain within a single region, or be arranged so that as one vacates a region another arrives. And the higher they can get, and the bigger therefore their footprint on the ground, the simpler that gets.
 

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Well that name, for a start... LOON, really ? Even with the power of "big brother Google" behind it, how could they expect in their own minds getting funded with such a hopeless name ?
Forgot to mention it would work for them in Canada, where loons are common enough they're even on the Canadian dollar.
 

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