The “Stratellite”

By Deane Barker on April 14, 2005

Robot planes may make phone towers obsolete: People have been talking about projects like this forever. I hope to see one finally get off the ground — literally and figuratively.

Wisconsin communications company Sanswire on Tuesday unveiled its almost-finished prototype of a hard-framed, unmanned airship designed to fly in the stratosphere 21km above the earth and send broadband and cellphone signals to an area the size of Texas.