Google’s Project Loon To Give The World Internet Access

  • Balloon-carried Internet
  • Specialised internet antenna
  • Navigates with the wind

Google is launching a new project that aims to give the internet to the entire world. The project called Project Loon makes use of balloons that float approximately 20km above the ground.

  • Balloon-carried Internet
  • Specialised internet antenna
  • Navigates with the wind

Google is launching a new project that aims to give the internet to the entire world. The project called Project Loon makes use of balloons that float approximately 20km above the ground.

The balloons navigate by moving up and down layers of wind to travel all over the world. Google plans to launch a network of balloons that will scatter all over the globe, effectively making an internet network in the sky. The balloons are powered by solar energy and are controlled from a “Loon mission control” which coordinates with air traffic control when launching, landing or navigating the balloons.

Meanwhile people on the ground connect to the loon network through specialised internet antenna installed on their building. Each balloon can provide connectivity to the ground about 40km in diameter at speeds comparable to 3G.

Project Loon starts in this month with an experimental pilot in New Zealand. A small group of Project Loon pioneers will test the technology in Christchurch and Canterbury.

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