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Advancements in Project Loon (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper III)

Researchers at Google have moved a step closer to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide Internet connectivity to billions of people around the world, particularly those in difficult-to-reach rural areas.

Advancements in Google Loon Project
The Project Loon team said it can now use network of balloons to predict weather systems.

Google also said it can now run an experiment and try to give service in a particular place in the world with ten, twenty or thirty balloons, rather than the hundreds needed previously.

About the project
Project Loon is a research and development project being developed by Google with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 18 km (11 mi) to create an aerial wireless network with up to 4G-LTE speeds.

The company attempts to provide internet connectivity from a network of huge, tennis-court sized balloons rather than undertaking huge construction projects to replicate connectivity networks in the developed world.



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