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Sounds interesting. I wonder how the government would get their internet if the power went out.
Edited by Nexo - 5/28/13 at 6:17pm
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I don't understand all the hate. Blimps are low cost high reliability low maintenance aircraft. Their only real downsides are their size-to-payload/seating capacity ratio, and more importantly their speed.

If they're just using them as stationary platforms for some electronics, stationed out in the middle of wide-open african airspace, they will be perfectly fine.

They're even virtually impervious to small arms fire, and even small explosives (SAMs, RPGs, etc) will have a hard time taking one down quick enough to prevent it from landing somewhere safe, miles away from the attackers.

And please, google is a tech company, not the red cross. Don't get your panties in a bunch for offering internet instead of food.
Edited by Zero4549 - 5/28/13 at 5:40pm
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And probably sell the parts for food considering how most of Africa kids die of disease and malnutrition, way to go google for really stepping up to the plate to give people what they really need.

Nobody can give africa political stability, less corruption, a belief in education, a desire to not make war on eachother, and a willingness to use condoms. Africa has to take these things for itself.

The west has been sending money, food and medicine to africa for my entire life and all we have to show for it is ever increasing numbers of africans starving and dying of disease and war. I doubt if googles wireless internet will benefit africa in any real way either, until they fix the issues causing their misery in the first place.
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Nobody can give africa political stability, less corruption, a belief in education, a desire to not make war on eachother, and a willingness to use condoms. Africa has to take these things for itself.

The west has been sending money, food and medicine to africa for my entire life and all we have to show for it is ever increasing numbers of africans starving and dying of disease and war. I doubt if googles wireless internet will benefit africa in any real way either, until they fix the issues causing their misery in the first place.

Hey now. There is no one who can't benefit from a nice Youtube instructional video.

And on another note, why don't they use one of these:



Can apparently stay aloft for months at a time, and probably aren't as subject to air currents as inflatables are.
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Somebody needs to shop up a Hindenburg photo with google's logo on it.... I'd do it, but I'm in the middle of 84,000 things.

This somehow also reminds me of that Archer episode...
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Hey now. There is no one who can't benefit from a nice Youtube instructional video.

And on another note, why don't they use one of these:



Can apparently stay aloft for months at a time, and probably aren't as subject to air currents as inflatables are.

Unno... maybe cause those things need to be constantly moving, can't carry any payload, and have nowhere near the durability or reliability? Naw, that can't be right.
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Unno... maybe cause those things need to be constantly moving, can't carry any payload, and have nowhere near the durability or reliability? Naw, that can't be right.

Pretty sure the whole point of their conception was a low-cost alternative to satellites. They can circle in a small enough area for communication purposes, and anyway a balloon would be moving all the time anyway. Plus you have to plan your network around the weather.

But I'm pretty sure we're just gonna go down that "this tech is too far in the future" road again.
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Skynet....literally

sounds cool though.
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Pretty sure the whole point of their conception was a low-cost alternative to satellites. They can circle in a small enough area for communication purposes, and anyway a balloon would be moving all the time anyway. Plus you have to plan your network around the weather.

But I'm pretty sure we're just gonna go down that "this tech is too far in the future" road again.

Blimps are still more reliable, easier to maintain, are way more durable and can carry far larger payloads. Never mind that they can stay perfectly still unless they're in severe weather, which isn't all that likely out in the middle of Africa. They probably come out cheaper in the long run too.

Those little super-light solar powered gliders are purely recreational vehicles that can barely support their own weight, never mind the weight of communications equipment and the power source required to run the things.
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