JETSON-LIKE COMMUNICATIONS AIRCRAFT
Thu, 1 Oct 1998 17:08:36 +1000
Ed Parsons wrote:
> I prefer the concept of the high altitude communications blimps
> which can float above cities for years, be easily retrieved for
> maintenance, cost nothing when compared to 'space birds' and don't
> have any of the dangers of rocket launching involved.
157 m long (515 feet) and 62 m (203 feet) in diameter at the widest
point! That's nearly as long as the biggest Zeppelins and a lot
I would be most impressed if they can get this to work. Solar cells
and fuel-cell storage light enough to be kept up by helium at a 22 km
elevation with a 1 tonne telco payload - all kept in place with ion
engines, which as far as I know, only work at very low air pressures.
How then does it power itself up there? Or down?
Several tonnes of stuff floating above a populated area, ready to be
punctured by a meteor . . . get an insurance quote on that!
It has to cover a very large area, (19,000 square kilometers) with a
supposedly small piece of microwave spectrum - only 300 MHz. The
spectrum can be re-used in different directions with direcational
antennae of vertical and horizontal polarisations.
Get a quote on insurance against someone jamming the entire thing for
a lark or for financial gain.
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