What’s Project Loon : In Plain Words – Internet Via Balloon
Project Loon balloons float approx 20 km above the Earth Surface in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed. Loon balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel. By partnering with Telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum we’ve enabled people to connect to the balloon network directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The signal is then passed across the balloon network and back down to the global Internet on Earth.
Project Loon began in June 2013 with an experimental pilot in New Zealand, where a small group of Project Loon pioneers tested Loon technology. The results of the pilot test, as well as subsequent tests in New Zealand, California’s Central Valley and in Northeast Brazil, are being used to improve the technology in preparation for the next stages of the project.
Project Loon – Issues in India
The frequency Band width demanded by Google is dedicated to Cell Phone Operators, if allocated to Google may cause interference with the Cellular Operations.
Though Google has already tested Technology in New Zealand, California and Brazil. As per Google Loon Team, Every Balloon can provide Internet connectivity up to a Dia of 40 km using a wireless Technology may be 4G / LTE.
For this project, Google uses Solar panels and wind , to power the Electronic Equipment embedded in the Balloon. Let’s see, how Google will carry out the project in India within the given resources.
Source : Google