Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Google's Internet balloons not just pie in the sky

RATE THIS! +15
Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:48 AM by AlexMuller

If you haven't heard of it before, Loon, which launched exactly one year ago today, is Google believing that faster internet speeds can be brought to the smartphone-toting, mobile obsessed earthlings via a network of balloons that sit 60,000 feet above the world's surface. That's twice as high as the cruising height of a commercial jet.

 

What Google eventually envisages is a huge fleet of these balloons, controlled via complex algorithms, that can take off and hover above remote parts of the world that are completely unconnected.

 
If you want access to the Internet via Loon, all you need is a simple antenna. So, in the case of the Agua Fria community school in the remote northwestern state of Piaui, in Brazil, once the balloon is overhead, its signal is picked up via the antenna, and suddenly the World Wide Web is in the classroom, with the teacher supplementing his/her knowledge with Google Maps and Wikipedia.
 
What is astonishing about the project, with its fluffy sock-wearing ex-military ops staff (there is less chance of puncturing the ultra-fine, filmy polymer balloons when checking for leaks and splits if you're wearing furry footwear, apparently) is how much progress has been made in just 365 days.
 
At first the balloons could only stay up for a few days, but the systems have been analyzed and re-analyzed. Wind patterns are studied and used, and the vertical reach of the balloons has been extended. One balloon has been flying for over 100 days, while another made three circumnavigations around the world, one in a record 22 days. Any downed balloons are retrieved and analyzed.

Tags: GoogleProject LoonLoonballooninternet

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-18
+1
Google's Loon project is one of several that aims to bring Internet to all people on Earth and increase the speed of connection - great that they are making progress Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
+0
I was very pleased to secrah out this web-site.I wished to thanks to your time for this wonderful read!! I positively having fun with every little bit of it and I've you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post. Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Business on 2017-03-24 19:18:37
    This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines......read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-24 19:07:39
    China working on reusing rocket stages and will try to.....read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-24 18:59:31
    Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'..read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-23 21:29:30
    A brain-computer interface for controlling VR with your mind..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-23 21:17:44
    One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me