What is Google Balloon?
If you’re in an unfamiliar remote rural area and you need to use your phone for internet access, where can you receive internet when the place has no internet at all? Simple, connect to the internet that is provided by the balloon above you.
Many people think that the whole world is connected to the internet which is not true. In fact, ⅔ of the world’s population does not have internet access. What if thousands of balloons with antennas are roaming around the world to provide internet for everyone on Earth? Well, that is what Google is aiming for.
Project Loon is a network of solar-powered balloons that travel around the globe to provide every people in rural and remote areas. This is most especially helpful after disaster strikes.
But wouldn’t the balloon pop when it gets too high? Most likely no because this balloon can go high as the stratosphere. The envelope is made from polyethylene plastic which could allow the balloon to last 100 days. It measures 15 meters wide and 12 meters tall when fully inflated. They travel on the stratosphere which is twice as high an airplane flying.
The balloon carries a small box and solar panels to keep the electronics running day and night. The small box contains electronics and antennas for control and communication with the other balloons and users below on the ground.
Because the balloon floats in the stratosphere, it’s easy for the balloon to travel to its desired location. The stratosphere has many layers of wind. Each layer varies in wind direction and speed in which the balloons can use these layers to travel to reach their destination.
To provide internet access on the ground, the balloons are equipped with a wireless technology that can cover 80 km in diameter to the ground so users could connect with their phones or any devices with LTE. With this new technology from Google, everyone in the world will be online and connected to an internet that can’t be interrupted.