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Google has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web - using balloons circling the globe. The internet giant's secretive X research lab is behind the move, called Project Loon in recognition of how strange the idea sounds. Scientists launched a trial on Saturday in New Zealand's South Island, letting off a string of jellyfish-shaped balloons in the sky about Lake Tekapo. The aim is for the flimsy helium-filled inflatables, which are made from plastic film, to beam the internet back down to earth as they sail past on the wind.
Originally posted by brace22
This cool! It's nice to know that at least some people are trying to spread the wonders and negatives of the internet to all parts of the globe.
But I have to be honest, this won't catch on. Think about it, one bird or plane flies into one of them things and dammit... You'll be waiting a long time for your video to buffer!
They travel below satellites but twice as high as aeroplanes, and receive signals from ground stations below.
Originally posted by pez1975
what kind of latency will the service have cause satellite sucks will this be alot better or about the same?
Originally posted by Lady_Tuatha
Google has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web...