Saturday 21 October 2017

Google begins internet trial using balloons

Google has launched a network of balloons over the southern hemisphere in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable internet access to the world's most remote regions, the company said.

The pilot programme, Project Loon, took off this month from New Zealand's South Island, using solar-powered, high-altitude balloons that ride the wind about 12.5 miles – twice as high as airplanes – above the ground. Project Loon uses algorithms to determine where the balloons need to go, then moves them into winds blowing in the desired direction.

Irish Independent

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