Google recently launched a great project called Loon.

Just like Google Glass, Project Loon was also a perfectly kept secret, until its launch.

Internet is a global community of people exploring and sharing things but what about those people who have no internet access. How can they also be a part of this community?

The Project Loon is the answer to the above question.

Project Loon is a network of high altitude balloons floating in the sky. These balloons are designed to connect people in both rural and remote areas, bridge the coverage gaps and improve communication during natural disasters in the affected area.

These balloons float in the stratosphere that is twice as high as airplanes and the weather and carried around by the wind, are steered by ascending and descending to an altitude to move in the desired direction by way of winds.

The users can connect to the balloons using a special antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from one balloon to another and then to a ground-based station that is connected to an Internet Service Provider, creating a network in the sky.

According to the official announcement on the blog by the Project Lead, Mike Cassidy, "We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. 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. As a result, we hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters. The idea may sound a bit crazy—and that’s part of the reason we’re calling it Project Loon—but there’s solid science behind it."

Here's a sneak peek into Project Loon's technology:

The Project Loon pilot test started this June in the Canterbury area of New Zealand. Thirty balloons were launched from New Zealand’s South Island and they will beam internet to group of 50 pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers would be used to improve the technology, balloon design and take the project further.

For more updates and information about the Project Loon, follow it on Google+

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