Google launches Project Loon

Loon BalllonIn a new pilot scheme Google is attempting to provide Internet connectivity to people who may not be able to afford it. The scheme involved them releasing 30 balloons into the stratosphere, which will provide an Internet connection similar to 3G.

The idea is for developing countries to gain internet access, but the scheme can also be used for areas affected by disasters.

The balloons are solar powered and will be controlled by a team at Google to ensure that they can move in and out of the thermal winds, which will help them orbit the Earth.

The balloons were released in Canterbury, New Zealand, and will provide internet to areas on the same latitude.

More information can be found in this blog post or watch the videos below.

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