Google To Launch Giant Internet Balloons Above Earth To Provide Access On Remote Areas



Giant-tech company Google is preparing to launch internet balloons and hopes to create a 'ring' of the floating hotspots above Earth before the year ends.

This ring will include around 300 balloons designed to create a 'continuous string around the world' that can provide web access even if one balloon moves in the wind.

In an article written by Leo Kelion for BBC News on October 28, it was disclosed that the company parent firm, Alphabet has partnered with three of Indonesia’s top mobile networks in launching a program called “Project Loon“, wherein heavy-duty balloons carrying network equipment will be initially launched to the stratosphere to test the possibility of distributing internet signals across different places through the use of floating devices.

Project Loon is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, designed to connect people to the internet in remote parts of the world. 


According to Google, a computer-controlled mechanism will be used to raise the balloons up to about 20 kilometers above the earth’s surface, and from that position, the devices carried by the balloons will be sending network signals to antennas that are built on strategic places around the world.

Such devices attached to each balloon include two radio transceivers, a flight computer with GPS tracker, an altitude controller, and a solar panel.

The project could potentially transmit data to connected devices at a rate of up to 10 megabits per second — a speed that is comparable to a 4G internet connection.

It is hoped it could save developing countries the high cost of laying fibre cables to get online and lead to a dramatic increase in internet access for the likes of Africa and south-east Asia.
Watch the video here to know more about Project Loon: 


(Source: Google)
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