Google Announces Improvements To Balloon-Borne Wi-Fi Project
In a blog post, Google said its balloons have traveled 3 million kilometers since the start of Project Loon.By Mikah Sargent, Evan Thomas, A.J. Feather | November 21, 2014
If you were to tell someone that Internet access could be spread around the world using giant balloons, they might say you're full of hot air. Well, Google's not only doing just that — they're getting good at it too.
Only one-third of the world has access to the Internet. Google is working to expand its network of LTE-enabled balloons floating in the stratosphere to provide Internet access to remote areas or during disasters.
The balloons stay in the stratosphere, more than 20,000 feet up, to take advantage of its predictable wind directions and speeds. The balloons ascend or descend into the proper layer of wind to move in the right direction.