Florida company readies communications "Stratellite"


GlobeTel Communications of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, says it's on target to launch its prototype "Stratellite" in the first quarter of next year. The Stratellite is a massive floating airship (though GlobeTel says it's not a balloon), and GlobeTel plans to deploy a network of them, stationed 13 miles above the Earth, to provide wireless services, including WiFi, cellphone service and HDTV. The company hasn't released any photos of the airship (though they have provided shots of someone standing in a hangar surrounded by a steel frame), and their press release includes the usual legalese disclaimers about "forward-looking statements." So, we may have to wait a while to see if this is real, or if they're just full of hot air.