Google’s Answer: Project Loon

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In an attempt to bring the internet to the world. Google has taken a innovative approach…balloons! This will not be an easy task, but it is something that has great potential. The high-tech balloons will float about 60,000 feet above stratosphere, it will allow Google to reach places that would otherwise be too remote for an internet connection. Google estimates that two-thirds of the global population is without fast, affordable Internet access. Even thou the idea sounds a little far-fetched, if it succeeds it will make a huge impact to many people around the world.

Google is planning on releasing a fleet of about 30 of this balloons as a trail run. If all goes to plan, people will be able to connect to these balloons with a special antenna attached to the top of their homes. It is said that hundreds of people would be able to connect to one single balloon as long as their within its range.(25 miles (40 kilometers)radius, with speeds comparable to 3G service)

They also carry instruments to monitor weather conditions and allow them to be tracked by GPS, powered by solar panels that will store excess energy for nighttime operation. Each has a parachute in case they need to be brought down.

This project is still very much in its infancy, there are a lot unanswered questions. But it is awesome that we are thinking out of the box and experimenting with new ideas. My only concern is, let just hope it doesn’t become evil and try to capture us like “Rover” in the 1967 series The Prisoner :).



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