Floating balloons a radical plan to expand global internet services

Posted in: Digital Divide at 04/06/2017 23:49

A cluster of strange objects has been drifting high over the Australian continent in the past week, and if not for publicly-available plane-tracking applications, they may well have cruised past without anyone noticing.

The state-of-the-art devices, which can inflate to the size of tennis courts, are part of a radical plan to expand internet services around the world.

"You can think about Loon balloons like a floating mobile phone tower," said Libby Leahy, an Australian who works for Project Loon in California.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-03/balloons-floating-over-australia-part-of-radical-internet-plan/8584738

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