Project Loon: could bal­loon-pow­ered in­ter­net con­nect the Aus­tralian bush?

It’s re­ally not such a looney idea.

APC Australia - - Tech Brief -

“A net­work of bal­loons trav­el­ling on the edge of space” is Google’s way of bring­ing the in­ter­net to ar­eas that are off­line. The project has part­nered with ser­vice providers around the world to sup­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. Not only does this of­fer con­nec­tiv­ity to re­mote ar­eas, it also sets up net­works af­ter a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. Sig­nals are beamed to the bal­loons in the strato­sphere from ex­ist­ing tow­ers, then passed along the bal­loon net­work which is sent where it’s needed. Project Loon has been tested in Aus­tralia and New Zealand in the past, al­though “no bal­loon-pow­ered in­ter­net for Aussies [ex­ists] just yet”.

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