Project Loon is a project being worked on by Google. The mission of this project is to ensure that everyone in every corner of the world has internet access. Their plan to make this happen is to fly a bunch of balloons up in the stratosphere holding solar-powered electronics to send internet signals to people all over the world. Google says that only sixty percent of the world has internet access right now and their goal is to make that one hundred percent. They hope by flying these balloons around the world will be the answer to worldwide internet connectivity.
In order for this project to be successful, Google has to make an effective model of the balloon. As the blog stated, the balloons are made of a light weight rubber material surrounding a solar-powered bundle of electronic devices that send internet signals back down to the surface of the earth supplying people with high-speed internet. The balloons are roughly fifteen meters wide, and fly roughly twenty kilometers in the air. These balloons hover high up in the air using helium in order to provide internet when needed. The blog also goes on to talk about the competition that it faces in this field. Facebook is beginning to use drones to do the same thing as the Google balloons do. Google is trying to spread its ad campaign throughout the U.S. and abroad. The particularly tough part of this campaign is reaching out to the poor part of the world who would need this internet connection. The final point that this blog makes is the price of this project. Google claims that the technology is finally cheap and reliable enough to make this project a widespread thing in the near future. This project seems extremely promising in the fact that no one will ever need to worry about being in an internet dead zone again. By the time the project peaks, every corner of the earth will have internet connectivity.
There are a few things that I believe the article does not cover. For example, it does not address how the balloons will function in inclement weather. Additionally, it does not talk about what kind of connectivity these balloons will be able to carry. According to the project's website, the balloons will carry LTE and can connect to any device including computers and smartphones. Finally, the article doesn't cover how Google will control the movement of the balloons. I am interested in how Google can move the balloons way up in the stratosphere. I think that this project is very promising and I look forward to seeing how effective this project can be.