Project Loon: Google Testing Out Balloons That Can Offer Internet Connectivity


Internet has changed our lives in a way that was never thought possible, maybe a decade or two decades ago. Although a huge chunk of the world's population has access to Internet, there are even more people, who don't. Terrestrial and financial challenges hinder people from getting a connection. Google is looking to change all that with the help of balloon technology.

Project Loon: Google Testing Out Balloons That Could offer Internet


As, crazy as it seams, Google plans to release helium-filled inflatables that will float 20 kilometres up in the in the atmosphere. These balloons will be able to beam down Internet to earth, as they move around with the wind currents in the stratosphere region. Called as Project Loon, this technology is still in experimental stages. Once made fully active these flaying inflatables are said to be capable of beaming Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today's 3G networks or faster. Google believes this this could solve Internet problems for rural, remote, and underserved areas. It could also help with communications after natural disasters.

A fleet of balloons will be released into the atmosphere, which will circle around the globe. Their movements can controlled with the help of a solar panel attached to it and the wind currents. Google is currently testing the program at Canterbury area of New Zealand. It reports via blog post that it has released 30 balloons in the atmosphere and 50 tests are trying to establish connection between these flying objects and the many receivers on the ground. The Internet giant plans to set up similar pilots in countries at the same latitude as New Zealand.

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