Space Data says its plan to create America’s first floating wireless network — by putting disposable transmitters on government weather balloons — has already undergone successful testing and is economically viable.

A trial run with text-messaging service in the Phoenix area is slated for this summer. The official launch of the messaging service would begin next spring in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, extending nationwide by the end of 2003. Cellular phone service could be added a year later if the company secures more funding.
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