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Google Begins Launching Internet-Beaming Balloons

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    Google launches Internet-beaming balloons | HeraldTribune.com (click for full article)

    By NICK PERRY AND MARTHA MENDOZA
    Associated Press
    Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:46 p.m.
    Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:46 p.m.


    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - "Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the first big test of a lofty goal to get the entire planet online.


    It was the culmination of 18 months' work on what Google calls Project Loon, in recognition of how whacky the idea may sound. Developed in the secretive X lab that came up with a driverless car and web-surfing eyeglasses, the flimsy helium-filled inflatables beam the Internet down to earth as they sail past on the wind.


    Still in their experimental stage, the balloons were the first of thousands that Google's leaders eventually hope to launch 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the stratosphere in order to bridge the gaping digital divide between the world's 4.8 billion unwired people and their 2.2 billion plugged-in counterparts.


    If successful, the technology might allow countries to leapfrog the expense of laying fiber cable, dramatically increasing Internet usage in places such as Africa and Southeast Asia."
     
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    Introducing Project Loon:

     
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    Google's balloon-powered internet needs testers in California | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Jacob Kastrenakes - August 20, 2013

    Google X's Project Loon intends to bring internet access to remote areas around the world through giant connected balloons - but while the project's aspirations may be to help abroad, it isn't going far from home for its next test run. Google is asking residents of California's Central Valley for help in determining how robust the balloons' internet connections are. Volunteers selected by Google will have a Loon antenna installed in their home or business, and when a balloon on a test run flies overhead, it'll start stress testing the connection to see how it holds up.
     
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    Of course the world is connected to the internet already via satellites. The only impediment is cost ...
     
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    If it works then it could really help with aid/education in Third World countries.
     

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