Google’s Project Loon

May 6 • Culture • 2852 Views

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Did you know that for every one person that can access the Internet there are two people that cannot?

 

Google wants to provide a balloon-powered Internet for the whole world.  No joke. It’s called Project Loon.

 

Project Loon

 

Project Loon is a network of balloons in the stratosphere (twice as high as airplanes and weather) to connect everyone. People on the ground only need a special Internet antenna attached to their building. This is ideal for people who live in rural areas, poor areas or places struck by disaster. Google wants to bring education, science and medicine to everyone. It will make the world a better place, right?

 

Project Loon 2

 

The balloons are made out of a rubber band-like material and designed to last about 100 days (which equates to about 3 trips around the earth).

 

 

Questions? #AskAway

 

Here are a few more videos with information:

 

How do the balloons last so long? 

 

What’s inside the Loon antenna? 

 

How does the Loon antenna receive a clear signal?

 

How can balloons provide stable coverage? 

 

 

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