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Boeing and U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory Launch “Airborne Information Broker” Balloon.

Phantom Works, the advanced Research and Development unit of Boeing, launched a balloon as a carrier vehicle for what it calls an “airborne information broker.”

“Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated for the first time how — with advanced airborne networking and information management technology — a near-space vehicle can be used as a flexible, low-cost, theater-wide information broker that provides real-time tactical information to ground forces to enhance their effectiveness and survivability.”

This experiment may revolutionize the delivery of real-time information within the tactical theater, enhancing the Network-Centric capabilities of the military’s Global Information Grid.

The complete story Boeing, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Advanced Airborne Networking First, is available online.

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