Hurricane Maria: Summary of communication status - and lack of

Javier J javier at advancedmachines.us
Sat Oct 7 08:02:46 CST 2017


@ Jean

Interesting stuff. Please keep this thread updated with info on that
initiative.

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 9:55 PM, Jean-Francois Mezei <
jfmezei_nanog at vaxination.ca> wrote:

> I have not ound the official announcements, but the press is reporting
> that the FCC has granted Google rights to fly 30 of its "Loon" high
> altitude ballons to provide cellular cervice in Puerto Rico for up to 6
> months.
>
> (From my readings, there are glorified relays of ground based signals
> (which I assume some antennas have to be oriented to face up towards the
> balloons).
>
> The Loon will use spectrum allocated to the carriers they relay (and got
> their OK)
>
> Altitude 20km. (so not sure they need 30 balloons, 1 probably suffices
> to cover all of PR).
>
> I suspect more concrete info will be coming.
>


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