Project Loon: balloons Google, or the Internet available to the world




Project Loon: balloons Google, or the Internet available to the world

A test balloon floats over New Zealand

Company Google is now submitted a new draft laboratory Google X, which was named Project Loon. Its main purpose is to provide access to the Internet for residents of the most remote and undeveloped regions of the Earth.

Most of the title might guess that the project is connected with balloons. They are designed to provide coverage in the most remote corners of the world.

Most analysts point out that the potential of Project Loon in the short term, much higher than the projects Google Fiber and Glass combined. The main source of income is advertising to Google, so the more people on Earth have access to the Internet , the higher the income the search giant.

At the moment the project is in the early stages of development. The project involves a large number of balloons that will happily fly in the stratosphere at an altitude of 10-20 km above the Earth. Currently, the search giant has already launched 30 balls in New Zealand. Each ball is powered by solar panels, and you need to create an online coating equipment and antennas are placed under a balloon.

Capabilities of each ball will be enough to provide Internet coverage in the range of 40 km and the speed of your Internet connection at the same time will be at the level of modern cellular 3G.

Advantages balloons compared with the same apparent satellites. Starting and managing balloons cost is much cheaper than a missile. One of the biggest problems of balloons today stands the wind, but, according to Google, the stratospheric winds are much lower, which makes it possible to accurately control.

In the future, Google plans to expand the boundaries of Project Loon and create a global wireless network from the balloons.

The solar panels which will power the high altitude ballons

A google balloon

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