16 June 2013

Floating Internet With Google Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet Access

Whoa! This is sounds crazy... Google launched the so-called Google Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet Access for Everyone. How is it possible? If you are me, when it comes to technology, if Google made an unveiling invention, i never doubt with its innovation. Simple because i really did trust Google products. And i so much believe with them.

Things getting a lot of fun and exciting here. From a Science fiction movies becomes to 'awe' reality. From the Google X projects like Google Glass & Google's self-driving cars, now comes with Google Loon. Whats next Google?

Based on the statements, Google gives a benefit to a high-speed of comparable with 3G. Will the doomsday of slow-and-expensive ISPs come?

Google ambitiously created innovative invention to help people solve their problems technologically. Google Loon has far beyond reality. Indeed, it such a great help especially on those areas where internet were not good.

What is Google Loon?

Google Loon or Project Loon is a balloon-powered internet access for everyone especially to areas where far behind from internet access includes Rural, remote areas, and mountains. With its sailing mission of bringing back users to online after with so much disasters.

How will you imagine Google Loon? Its a same way as the basic hot balloon, but it is geared with internet access though.

How Project Loon Works?

Is Google Loon works in mysterious ways? No, but with math, atmosphere & physics algorithms and computations. It is said that Project Loon balloons will travel 20 km above Earth's surface. Based on the study, winds in the stratospheres are slow-moving and steady.

This Project Loon equips and uses software algorithms to test, analyze and determine where it needs to go. These balloons will arrange to form one large network.

Stratosphere located between 10 km to 60 km altitude. It has air pressure, low temperatures, & UV radiation factors. Which Project Loon carefully designed to withstand these factors. The Project Loon is travelling 20 km above able to take advantage in the key areas of weather, wild like and airplanes.

How Project Loon designs?

Project Loon has 3 key elements:
  • Balloon Envelope - TOP
This is the inflatable part of the balloon. This envelopes made from sheets of polyethylene plastics, if you are a chemically bonded with knowledge about this, im pretty sure you know how tough it is. Moreover, it is 15 meters wide and 12 meters tall when fully inflated.  These materials could withstand higher pressure. Lastly, a parachute was attached to its top which allows to be controlled and landed when out of service.

  • Solar Panels - MIDDLE
This project loon is powered by arrays of solar panels which sits between the envelope and the hardware. These panels could produce 100 watts of power that could keep the unit running. At night the battery will charge for usage. Project Loon is powered itself using only renewable energy sources..

  • Equipment - BELOW
A small box contains electronic equipment hangs below the solar panels. This box contains circuit boards, radio antennas, internet antennas, and battery.
    • Circuit Boards - control the system
    • Radio antennas to communicate other balloons
    • Internet antennas to send signals
    • Battery - store solar power.

How Project Loon Connects?

In order to fully understand what Project Loon gives the end-users, lets take a chance to see it specifically.

It is said that a balloon could give connectivity about 40 km in diameter at a speed compared to 3G to a ground area. Just imagine how wide it is.

These balloons equip with antennas with a specialized radio frequency technology. Currently, it uses ISM bands (2.4 & 5.8 GHz bands) which could benefit anyone.

Project Loon pilot testing achieved in the South. Based on the tech news, it was launched from New Zealand with 30 Balloons. The pilot test began June 2013.

Images taken screenshot from Google Loon


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