Project Loon

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Project Loon

A wireless communications system from Google aimed at providing affordable Internet access to everyone in the world, especially those who currently have extremely slow access or none at all. Test trials began in New Zealand in 2013.

Using helium balloons traveling in wind currents several miles above airplanes and weather, solar-powered radios bounce LTE signals from earth stations to users on the ground at about 10 Mbps. To extend the distance, balloons can transmit to other balloons, and each one can last about six months. For more information, visit

Loon is reminiscent of the Teledesic project in the 1990s that attempted to form a network of satellites for Internet access. See Teledesic.

Getting Ready
Workers unfurl the balloons to get them ready to launch into the stratosphere. (Image courtesy of Google).

Balloons Act Like Cell Towers
Each balloon covers an area about 35 miles in diameter. (Image courtesy of Google).
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According to X, the developer, Project Loon is a global network of high altitude balloons which ascend like weather balloons until they reach the stratosphere, where they sail about 20km above the earth.
The Project Loon and AT&T partnership has allowed residents with LTE smartphones to carry out basic communication and internet activities, like sending texts and accessing information online.
Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to extend internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide.
Project Loon also uses stratospheric trajectories but does so to achieve a degree of dirigibility, both for individual balloons, and the stratospheric platforms they compose.
Says Google: Project Loon balloons float twice as high as airplanes and the weather.
Google's Project Loon partnership with operators enables it to directly transmit 4G signals to mobile handsets on the ground by sharing operators' mobile spectrum.
He took us throughthings such as Project Loon -- the initiative to ring the stratosphere with balloons to bring free internet access to four billion people.
Google's Project Loon, a helium-filled balloon powering high-speed Internet service, has begun trials in Sri Lanka.
GOOGLE hopes to soon start tests for its Project Loon in India, which aims to bring affordable Internet access.
Google's two-year-old Project Loon programme aims to change that by transmitting high-speed internet signals from clusters of balloons floating about 60,000 feet above Earth.
Project Loon is still testing its technology, so there is still no estimate when it will start selling the Internet service to households and businesses within range of the balloons.
It also aims to expand the reach of the Internet through Project Loon, under which it is floating balloons 20 kilometres above the Earth's surface to beam Internet connection to rural and remote areas.

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