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Alphabet’s solar-powered wi-fi balloons are deploying this year

29 February 2016

Balloons.

Solar-powered balloons are being trialled in Indonesia to help bring internet access to remote regions. Challenges have arisen selecting a viable balloon design — they had to be able to stay in the sky for months on end, be able to navigate with extreme precision, and do it all at a reasonably low price point.

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Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural and social world. 2
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to describe the physical and/or functional attributes of a technological outcome that provide clues as to who might use it. 2

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Keywords: balloons, solar, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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