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Google tests Internet connectivity via balloons in the stratosphere

Sharon Gaudin | June 18, 2013
Up, up and away! Google X takes on lack of Internet access around the world

"All we had to do was figure out how to control their path through the sky," he noted. "We've now found a way to do that, using just wind and solar power: We can move the balloons up or down to catch the winds we want them to travel in. That solution then led us to a new problem: How to manage a fleet of balloons sailing around the world so that each balloon is in the area you want it right when you need it. We're solving this with some complex algorithms and lots of computing power."

Google wants to expand the pilot test and try the balloon effort in other countries going forward. Project leaders also hope to connect with others who have been working to solve Internet connectivity issues to trade ideas and possibly work together.

"This is still highly experimental technology and we have a long way to go," Cassidy wrote. "We'd love your support as we keep trying and keep flying!"


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