Balloon-powered internet for everyone

Gotta leave it up to Google to break the mold. This is why I am always a Google fanboy, because they do things that are groundbreaking, and in most cases, do things for the better good. For example, Project Loon.

According to Google, two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. To solve this issue, Google is working on Project Loon; which is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be steered by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction. People connect to the balloon network using a special Internet antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, then to the global Internet back on Earth.

Project Loon just started as a pilot experiment in June 2013 in New Zealand. A small group of Project Loon pioneers are testing the technology in Christchurch and Canterbury. Hopefully after the pilot test is completed, the Loon project will continue to spread globally.