One year ago this Saturday, Google first presented its plans for Project Loon, a program aimed at blanketing the globe in internet from connected balloons hovering high above the earth. Since then, Google has only given a few updates about its ambitious plan, but today it tells Wired that it has a lot in store for Project Loon over the next year. Namely, that includes actually getting the program up and running and having real people use it. “On Loon’s two-year birthday, I would hope, instead of running experiments, we’ll have a more or less permanent set of balloons,” Google X leader Astro Teller tells Wired. “In one or several countries, you will turn on your phone and talk to the balloons.” “In one or several countries, you will turn on your phone and talk to the balloons.” Though Google’s been conducting test flights for Loon, it soon plans to put more in the air at once and for longer periods of time. According to Wired, it wants to quadruple its current figures to 100 balloons in the air for 100 days each. Eventually, it’ll elevate that to between 300 and 400 balloons, enough to continually offer service to its still-unnamed target area…. Read full this story
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