Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/12/16/the_balloon_goes_up/

The balloon goes up on 300km Wi-Fi

Full of hot air

By ComputerWire

Posted in Mobile, 16th December 2002 10:58 GMT

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The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) believes it has broken the record for successful broadband wireless data transfer.

Using equipment supplied by Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Alvarion Ltd, the SSC, a state-owned, commercial company with about 300 employees in Solna and Kiruna, created the link between a stratospheric balloon launched near Kiruna in northern Sweden and a base station located at nearby Esrange. The balloon finally touched down at Sodankyla in northern Finland, without breaking contact, a distance of around 317km.

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