The United Nations’ has added Internet a basic human right. There are about five billion people who are not connected to the World Wide Web (approximately 49% of the world is not connected to the internet) due to living in rural areas and just not having cost effective ways to bring Internet to everyone around the world. The project is Google and Balloon Internet AKA Project Loon.
The balloon Internet project that Google is sponsoring runs on solar power. The balloons are sustained in the atmosphere by winds and are higher than planes and weather events. It takes a team of six people to launch the balloons into the atmosphere.
The balloons will be approximately 15 meters when inflated. The balloons will be loaded with electronics. The Project Loon balloons will have a flight computer, altitude control system, a communications antenna plus the solar power station to convert the energy from solar panel to useable electricity.
Google’s Project Loon wants to allow you to use your phone and Internet anywhere in the world. The idea of floating Internet is far-fetched, hence the name Loon. Google is not the only company trying to capture the Internet market – in the sky.
Google has continued moving with real life trials. Google began testing in New Zealand with just 30 balloons and 50 testers and has increased testing. Google’s Project Loon will now be in Western Queensland in Australia. Google partnered with Telstra, which is one of the largest telecom company’s in Australia. Telstra will build base stations that will transfer information from the balloons that are over 60,000 feet in the air to individuals. The Internet will be comparable to 4G. (http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-06/google-wants-carry-connectivity-around-world-balloons)
Google’s goal with Project Loon is to use the balloons in remote areas or after a natural disaster. The trial in Australia is the fourth trial. Project Loon has been tested in New Zealand, California’s Central Valley and Northeast Brazil. Google would like to expand testing to around the 40th
southern parallel – it includes Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina that is uninterrupted. This would bring internet connection to people who have not had access or limited access to the Internet.
Popular Science wrote that Google’s plan to supply Internet to masses of individuals that currently do not have access would allow Google to become the largest Internet provider in the world. This one fact that Project Loon has to potential to propel Google over providers such as Cox, Warner, Dish and the cellphone companies is a bit mind-blowing. Google’s Project Loon, as long as it successful will truly connect the World through the World Wide Web and bring a change to the World as we see it. There are some many places, things and cultures we do not know a lot about. Having access to these places through Project Loon will allow knowledge to grow. Project Loon will create a “flat world;” one where you will be able to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world with nothing stopping you. When you stop and think about it- Project Loon is a great idea – one of the best out of Google. (http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-06/google-wants-carry-connectivity-around-world-balloons)