In order to make internet available across jungles, archipelagos, mountains and many other rural, remote, and underserved areas, Google has find a way out with its Project Loon, as announced on its blog recently. The pilot programme started this week in New Zealand where 30 balloons are launched to test the connectivity with receivers on ground.
According to Mike Cassidy, the Project leader, it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. The project also aims to make internet more fast and affordable and for helping with communications after natural disasters.
“We imagine someday you’ll be able to use your cell phone with your existing service provider to connect to the balloons and get connectivity where there is none today.”, said Mike
The major challenge Google team faces is to keep track of the balloons path and make it available wherever it is needed. The problem is solved with the help of wind, solar power, some complex algorithms and lots of computing power.
According to the company, users with the help of a special internet antenna attached to their building, can connect with the balloon network. The antenna will catch the bouncing signal between each balloon and the global internet back on earth.
Prior to project loom, Google has also came up with the Google Fiber Project to provide dazzling internet speeds to the users with 1000 Mb per second.