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June 7th, 2000

Sky Station

Here’s an idea that I hope never comes to fruition: SkyStation.

Imagine a blimp that supplies high-speed bandwidth to the city below. The plan is to put 250 of these 515 foot-long beasts in the air, one 70,000 feet above each major city in the world, beginning in 2002. I don’t know about you, but I’d personally rather not have these blimps cluttering up our sky — at first, one floating high above the city may not seem like much, but imagine if the experiment is successful and more and more stuff is put up in our skies. Seems to me that if this is the answer to the high-speed bandwidth problem, somebody’s asking the wrong question. -ram

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FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 11:29:16AM
This sickens me! I really hope this never happens. It reminds me of two different ideas that were posed a few years back - - both of which would've also caused a change in the way our skies look. I believe both ideas were shot down...
1. Huge orbiting mirrors that would reflect the sun down to remote parts of the world where it's dark for the majority of the day, like Alaska and Siberia in the winter. I can't remember exactly what the rationale was - maybe to start farming communities in these areas?? What wizard thought of this? Nothing like helping those glacial caps melt a little faster.
2. (this one really got my goat) There were plans for some company to build a huge advertisement on the moon! It would've been big enough for the human eye to see from Earth. How ridiculous is this? Imagine gazing up at the stars with your honey only to gander at the full moon and see red flashing lights reading "Coca-Cola" or some other advertiser's name. How romantic.

Sadly, I think we are getting to the point where you'll see sky-bound advertisements and other crap floating up there 24/7. And once one company does it, their competitors and everyone else will be close behind, developing the same thing.
-Old Fezz

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 11:56:20AM
OF -- neither of those surprise me. It's amazing what people will consider as viable options, especially when it comes to advertising. Fortunately, both of those ideas are so blatently ridiculous that I don't think they'd ever get off the ground (pun intended).

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 3:49:43PM
funny thing is I have maybe bought like two things in recent years due to advertisements. One of which was a recent bootle of RC Edge cola. Capitalistic bullshit can suck it

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 4:40:24PM
Matt -- I know you just bought RC Edge because you find Edge and Christian so sexay. :)

FROM: Dave
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 5:13:10PM
I bet it's not just telecom that goes aerial. First we built lines over land, and then underwater, and now underground. But each loses its viability as their capacity to deliver "right this second, dammit!" capability has lessened.

Did you ever see The Fifth Element? Or on a less impressive scale, The Jetsons? The viewer jumps right into those technological scenarios, without any impression of the baby steps it took to get there. The political fight, the cries of Not in MY Backyard, etc. We're on our way.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 7:57:19PM

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Thursday June 8, 2000 -- 7:13:19PM
I'm wearing the latest in free contact lenses. The lenses have a semi-transparent advertisement on them. Always in the periphery of my vision is a McDonalds logo. The lenses are disposable, I put in a new pair everyday, each pair has a different advertisement. I get a new set of lenses from my eye doctor every few months.

FROM: Jefferrs
DATE: Sunday March 31, 2002 -- 8:11:41 pm
I think people have the wrong idea about the SkyStation idea. For starters, the SkyStations have the potential of sending their services and transmissions upto 400km. The baloon itself would be only 200m long. So how much of any eye-saw would a 200m object, 21Km up in the sky, 400Km away be? You wouldn't even be able to see it with binoculars! Even if you were right underneath the thing, you'd have a hard job looking at it. 21Km is very high up, and 200m is not very big. You would have to really search to notice it!!!! (and 200m is the largest size, any real system put in place would be even smaller).

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday March 31, 2002 -- 10:08:29 pm
"Eye-saw" ?

FROM: chandragk
DATE: Monday June 12, 2006 -- 1:46:32 pm
The ska wy station is a good idea whose time may have come. It is crtainly better than digging up the streets all the time to lay fibre optic cables which could now really get buried with this techniqe.
The sky station can so provide what satellites are poor at , ie high bandwith to hand held de

Paul June 22, 2009, 4:55 pm

I’d like to add that I think this is a horrible idea.

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