On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:40:44AM +0000, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
On 30/11/11 01:46, Andy Kellner wrote:
Hmm, unlikely I would say:
A typical WX ballon goes up to about 30 km, maybe 50 km if you get a high performance one.
You know, from 50km up you can see a fair chunk of the earth. While it might not be as cool as flying a satellite, a balloon-lofted repeater could be quite good fun. What next, though? Well, maybe a UAV-lofted repeater. I wonder how well a combination of a balloon for the heavy lifting with a UAV-based payload for station-keeping would work?
Gordon knows as well as I do, (Hi Gordon!) the military have been doing this for years. The commercial companies have been exploring this as well for some uses, why not amateurs? (Do a quick websearch for communications blimps) Using model aircraft electric motors and solar cells it might be possible to build something that would stay up a few months at a time that might be within reach for a club. Anyone here run the numbers already? I wonder what the civian aviation regs would be like too. ;-)
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