Cue "Apocalypse Now" music, grab surfboard
Whoa doggie. Gotta chew on this one a while.
Whatever I may have previously said regarding me and my personal helicopters, disregard that.
This seems the purest sort of science, fiction, like most of Neil Stephensons novels, 99% sound, and suspension of disbelief for that other 1%.
but therein is the story