Saturday, 22 June 2013

Project Loon

Heard of it? It is project taken by google to provide internet to every part of world. I don't actually know where this loon word came from. I guess Its from balloon(Bal'loon'). yes, they are trying to do it with the help of balloons.

Confused with this new "balloon powered internet?" You heard it right. Google is trying to send balloons to float in stratosphere which are carried by wind. When they want to change the direction of balloon, they change the altitude of balloon make it move in specific direction. People can connect to internet signal from balloon through antenna attached to house. Signal gets transferred from balloon to balloon, then to the global internet back on earth.

So they actually revolve around earth at a height of 20km and supply internet to the loon antennas. It can't be accessed by everyone without these loon antenna. But it is said that the internet looks pretty fast. 

According to Project Lead Mike Cassidy   "It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster." 

This project may or may not reach to every part of the world. But the basic Idea of providing speed internet for every part of the world looks pretty interesting to me. Lets see how much revolution it can bring to the way we use the internet. All the best to Google.

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