The Internet is spreading all over the world. In 2000 there were more than 360M Internet users, in 2012 – the number was 2,4B and its numbers are growing all the time. Still there are a lot of areas that do not have Internet access due to several reasons. Google created a project that is called “Project Loon” and it provides a solution to this technological problem.
As Google explains, Project Loon is a network of balloons that travel at the edge of space. It is designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.
The pilot test in June 2013 involves launching 30 balloons in New Zealand. These balloons use the wind to float, solar power to charge the batteries and “complex algorithms” to stay in a fixed part of the sky. People connect to the balloon network using a special Internet antenna which is attached to a building.
The ultimate goal of Project Loon is to bring the Internet to remote and difficult to get to regions – mountains, archipelagos, jungles and other such places. Right now two-thirds of the world’s population do not have or can’t afford Internet access.
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