Googles Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet

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Ich bin da ja mal äußerst skeptisch, aber was weiß ich schon: Google hat sein Project Loon gestartet, „Balloon-powered Internet for everyone“. Von der Idee hatte ich bereits gehört, hätte aber nicht gedacht, dass sie das so schnell in die Tat umsetzen. Erinnert alles ein bisschen an Liam Youngs Flying Filesharing-Network on a Quadcopter-Robotswarm und The Pirate Bay on flying Drone-Servers, nur eben mit Wetterballons.

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.

Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access