It is believed that a lot of people are hooked to the Internet ,but this is only partially true. Around 4 billion people do not have access to the internet as of late 2015. Several people reside in place where there is no internet infrastructure,or where coverage is unavailable or exorbitantly high.
Google, known for its numerous high-tech pursuits,has several projects in the development stage to bring high-speed Internet access to the a lot of people. Their Fiber project aims to provide Gigabit internet service,which faster than the existing connection speeds we are used to. Using fiber optics,it has programs going on in several cities in the US. The firm has a different project focused on taking high-speed Internet access to places that do not have it. The project uses a technology we call it primitive — balloons!
The project is known as Project Loon,because it involves using balloons and also because it sounds looney. Google intends to create wireless networks using equipment-loaded balloons floating in the stratosphere, high up in the,above the clouds. The balloons interconnects with each other,networking equipment on ground and mobile devices to get people on the ground connected to the internet.
Project Loon originated from Google X labs,acclaimed outfit embarking on several amazing projects such as self-driving cars, Google Glass and contact lenses with computing ability.As strange as Project Loon sounds, there have been reports of successful tests of the program.
Google Loon Balloons
Project Loon's balloons are unlike the common party balloons, which will work well in the extreme weather conditions at high altitudes. Party balloons are too fragile to be able to carry any equipment. The Google Loon team has developed something more like a weather balloon,made to withstand tough atmospheric conditions like difference in pressure , high speed winds, UV exposure and extreme(low and high) temperatures-which are well below freezing point at higher altitudes. This means they are able stay longer than previously developed balloons. The numerous balloon versions have been named after birds, including the Falcon, Ibis, Grackle and recently NightHawk.
How Google Loon Works.
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