Feeds

Internet access takes to the skies

The plane truth...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Now we've heard everything. St. Louis, Missouri-based Angel Technologies is planning a new wireless communications service for major US cities -- based on high-altitude aircraft. The company demonstrated the plane, called Proteus, in the Mojave desert yesterday. The oddly-shaped beast is designed to get up to 50,000ft and fly around in circles for hours on end acting as a wireless base-station. Angel president Peter Diamandis told US newswires: "What we have done is put all the communications capacities of what might be a satellite 22,000 miles high... ten miles over a city." He believes the service will be used for high speed Internet access and video-conferencing. A 24/7 service can be maintained with just three aircraft each flying for eight hours at a time. By flying a pre-determined flight path, the system could serve anyone within a 75 mile diameter area. Diamandis hopes to get the service up and running by 2000. All this recalls to mind an episode of classic 70s BBC TV comedy The Goodies in which Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor saves Blighty from the next ice age by tying a three-bar electric heater to a passing giant butterfly. The principle's the same and it's just as likely to get off the ground... ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.