Google Announces Balloon-Powered Internet With Project Loon [Updates]

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Google announced on Friday that it will release a new product that incorporates balloons and wireless Internet. Dubbed Project Loon, Google explained most of the details in its company blog, but some questions are still left unanswered. Google has been known for both its extravagant April Fools jokes and its unique, useful products. This time around, it has released something that seems somewhere caught in between.

“We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below,” the blog said, “It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster.”

While Google has acknowledged most consumers’ reactions with the title of the project itself, the company has already entered the testing phase. Project Loon launched 30 balloons this week in the Canterbury area of New Zealand with at least 50 testers trying to connect to them.

The project is ultimately designed to connect individuals in remote and rural areas to the Internet using signals from the balloons alone. This could possibly even make wireless mobile phone access available in areas where it would not normally exist.

The goal seems quite similar to the objective of The Serval Project in spirit. However, the vehicle is quite different.

What do you think of Project Loon? Do you believe Google will succeed? Do you think this will eventually see the trash bin? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Sources: Official Google Blog via CNET

Comments (14)
  • Alfred Lake

    I remember as a small boy playing cricket in Antigua, a weather balloon came crashing on the field of play. Curiosity took over and that was the end of play. However, I believe this idea is a feasible but since it is not tethered, it’s likely to shift and become unstable. Whatmore, wouldn’t the environment become contaminated? Drifting out of control could also caused accidents getting in the way of an aircraft flight.

    • Anonymous

      according to the article

      “…the blog said, ‘ It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster ‘…”

  • skystormfarms

    is it called project “loon” because you have to be loony to try this?

  • kashif faridi

    Awsome google with its genious inventions…COOL !!

  • dragonmouth

    Google has more money than it knows what to do with so they come up with projects like this one. The name says it all: LOON as in loonie or lunatic.

  • Md Mukhtar Mohsin

    what if mega storm comes, would they cut the connection to bring ballon safely down ?

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