Google Project Loon Balloon Crashed: Google has launched Project Loon which is a batch of 10 high altitude Balloons to provide internet access to the remote parts in the world. Suddenly, one of the ten balloons which were launched under the project was crashed at Nthambiro in Meru. It was crashed at the site on Friday, i.e., December 29th and local media reported the issue.
The balloon, a part of a 10-balloon batch, was deployed for testing in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri, and Marsabit in July 2017. It crashed at Nthambiro in Meru on Friday night, media reported. “The device from project loon indicates it fell after its expiry period of six months. No one is yet to claim the device,” Igembe South OCPD Jane Nyakeruma was quoted as saying.
According to the reports from BBC, earlier this year, Google announced that it was “years closer” to deliver Internet to remote parts of the world using high-flying balloons. Researchers at Google’s Project Loon — part of the company’s X research lab — said it was now able to use machine learning to predict weather systems, meaning the firm has a greater control over where its balloons go, making it possible to focus on a specific region, rather than circumnavigating the globe.
According to the developer, The Loon balloons are super pressured, allowing them to last much longer. Loon balloons are also unique in that they can sail the wind to travel where they need to go. They can coordinate with other balloons as a flock and their electronics are entirely solar powered. Loon balloons act as floating cell phone towers, allowing local telecommunications companies to extend their coverage into areas that are unserved and hence providing 4G internet.
The device is made of two main radio transceivers on each balloon which can provide coverage to an area of about 80km in diameter. Project Loon has been used to provide emergency mobile network coverage to Puerto Rico following the hurricane Maria disaster. It was first launched in 2012 with the aim of providing internet in remote areas of the world.