Not long ago, Google announced Project Loon – an ambitious idea to make quality internet available for multitudes of people around the world through the use of balloons that would travel the Earth’s air currents. It’s an ambitious plan, but has a ton of issues that have to be resolved in order to make it even remotely possible.
Today, Loon Rapid Evaluator Dan Piponi used a computer simulation along with public records of stratosphere air currents to find that Project Loon is indeed a possibility. He used the program to show just how the balloons would travel and communicate with one another to ensure they stayed appropriately spaced apart.
It’s a great idea in theory, but will require quite a bit of work to bring to fruition. First and foremost, Google has to build the balloons. Then they have to figure out how to get them to travel legally through various countries without getting in the way of commercial and private flights.
It sounds like a good idea, I love how Google thinks outside the box, but I highly doubt we’re going to see anything other than speculation come from this project for the next few years, if not a decade or two. There are just too many legal ramifications to deal with.
Source – Engadget