I was reading a recent thread about "cloud computing" and someone joked that they thought it was about fluffy white clouds. That conjured images of an etherial abacus and dusted the cobwebs off a news story I remember from about ten+ years ago.
There was a company that was transmitting weather information from Snoqualmie Pass (Washington State) by bouncing it off of dust falling from space, like a freebie satellite system. That was the first time I gave any thought to how much dust falls from space to earth. Tons per day apparently.
I googled this a bunch of ways, but couldn't find anything except that the company was called "StarCom" and even that little blurb was from 2001. Does anyone else have knowledge of this tech?