Google Loons Are Flying In Australia
“The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box.” — Marc Andreessen
If you’re reading this article on TechDrive, you’re luckier than two-thirds of the world’s population who do not yet have Internet.
Fortunately, many Google’s engineers have been working hard on their Project Loon, which is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters. The project was kicked off in 2008 and now ready for its test flight this month.
Having already conducted tests in New Zealand, Google will test its 20 connectivity-spouting balloons in the west of the Queensland, Australia in partnership with local carrier Telstra, a full-fledge service, which Google hopes to have up and running next year.
Another Silicon Valley-based giant that has been working on Internet Drones is Facebook. Speaking at the Social Good Summit in New York this past September, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity lab, Yael Maguire, confirmed that they plan to begin testing in 2015.
I’m looking forward to the day the Internet will make the world a small town again.