Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, known as INPE, said it is looking at the feasibility of using balloons to extend the Internet into isolated regions such as Amazonia.
Balloons represent a lower-cost alternative to existing technologies and would have a negligible environmental impact, INPE said.
INPE mounted a test on Thursday in a municipality in São Paulo state, launching a balloon that weighs about 15 kilos (33 pounds) at an altitude of 240 meters (787 feet).
Equipped with four radio transmitters, the balloon broadcasts an omni-directional Internet signal 50 kilometers (31 miles).
“With the balloon, broadband communication using radio frequencies reaches a bigger coverage area in comparison with conventional towers,” INPE said in a statement.
Brazil’s ministers for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp; and Communications, Paulo Bernardo, were present for Thursday’s test.
Source: Hispanically Speaking News