The project, which is run by research firm X, has provided back-up internet services after natural disasters before. It's dedicated to repairing damage caused by the entire season's slew of storms, but will focus on fixing the communications networks on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the latter of which was so damaged that nearly 90 percent of its cell towers were downed by Hurricane Maria.
Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and "increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas".
Tesla CEO Elon Musk often takes to Twitter to mull over ideas, but on Friday his musings about sending his company's solar-powered batteries to help restore Puerto Rico's power attracted the attention of the island's governor. The agency formed a task force this week and approved an advance of $77 million to support carriers working to restore telecommunications services. The X team brings huge balloons over the required location with internet coverage made available for people n a specific rural area. But that doesn't mean it will able to get them in the air anytime soon.
But there are limitations, she said Saturday.
The US Federal Communications Commission announced its decision on Friday evening, one of a number of ways in which tech companies are helping rebuild services.
The project works by ground stations connecting to the local internet infrastructure and beaming signals to the balloons. "The Hurricane Recovery Task Force will allow us to do just that", Pai also said.
Tesla is now working on "the world's biggest" lithium ion battery to help with power supply in South Australia.
Most of the recovery news has rightly focused on the hard journey to get Puerto Rico's power grid back online. "People know right away".