Project Loon: The Technology

We believe it’s possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below. Ba…

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  1. Or maybe something else. I was thinking the air inside the ballon was passively heated by exposure to the sun. Now that I have read further about it, that little thing attached to the ballon’s bottom might not be just a transmitter, but also a solar cell which makes electric energy and then heats the air inside. The surplus energy after the air heating could be stored to be used in times where there are no sun available. Of course, I’m just using imagination.

  2. Maybe not even they know all of it yet, since it’s a project. But if I got it right, and the ballons are indeed powered solely by the sun, they probably will be really cheap, since it would be a just plastic bubble with few air inside it which is heated up by the sun, expands and makes the ballon float, because the outside air’s buyoancy will be stronger than the ballon’s weight. 3:30 shows one of these ballons. I suppose these ballons will have to be always on the sun-bathed side of earth.

  3. Honestly, have you spent a penny on google maps? Although the cost they spent might have already collected thru ads or government, people who access google maps does not need to pay a bit. I am not saying the project loon is going to be free but the price should be acceptable.

  4. What in the world makes you think we can’t do both? Plus, having access to the internet means more than watching cat videos on YouTube. It lets farmers access weather reports so they can grow crops more effectively, gives access to open education for people of all ages, it allows small business to expand and grow, etc.

  5. satellites are pretty expensive… and polluting, too. We already have problems of all that metal junk orbiting us, creating a big garbage can out of the space around us.

  6. How much does the project cost? How much bandwidth will be provided? How long will the ballons be usable? What is the average network latency for this technology?

  7. rocket launch cost a lot of money ($500millions/launch/rocket) and the equipment is non-recyclable once it’s up there in the orbit. if they use existing satellites, the operating cost is gonna be very high as well as they have to rent them from somebody. on the other hand, it doesn’t cost a lot to get the balloons up there, and the equipments on them can be retrieved for maintenance because the balloon can be remotely controlled to land. it’s a pretty bright idea if your ask me.

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