The world’s biggest search engine Google are much more than just search these days, it is everything to do with the internet and now Google is looking at providing the internet itself to places where it is not just possible or practical to get online, this is Project Loon! It may sound a bit a crazy hence the name Loon! The idea is to create a ring a balloons circling the Earth that will be beam down wireless internet equivalent to 3G or faster! Currently they are testing it in the Canterbury area of New Zealand, there fifty testers based in the area trying to connect to the balloons and eventually it is going to be rolled out into other countries too! Could this be the beginning of something fantastic or just hot air?
This is how Google see the Loon project working;
Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be steered by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction. People connect to the balloon network using a special Internet antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, then to the global Internet back on Earth.
Source: Google Loon