Project Loon Is a research and
development project being developed by
Google Inc. with the mission of providing
Internet access to rural and remote areas.
The basic Ideas behind this project was that they
will fly up multiple High-altitude balloons, that
will go above the clouds without human, that is
around 20 kilometers above the ground level in
Unofficially the project began in 2011 under incubation in
Google X with a series of trial runs in California’s Central
Valley. The project was officially announced as a Google
project on 14 June 2013
• The balloon measures 15 meter wide and 12
meters tall when fully inflated with helium or
• It is made up of thin and very light polythene
• It is strong enough to lift the flight computer and
other electronics whose weight is 10 kg.
• The balloon is powered by a array of solar panel.
The balloons are maneuvered by adjusting
their altitude to float to wind layer after
identifying the wind layer with the desired
speed and direction
• Users of the service can connect to the
balloon network using a special
Internet antenna designed and
developed by Google which is
attached to their building.
• The signal travels through balloon
• After balloon to balloon jumping it will
finally reached to the ground based
station connected to an ISP then it will
Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area
about 40 km in diameter uses wireless communications
technology called LTE(Long Term Evolution). To use LTE,
Project Loon partners with telecommunications companies
to share cellular spectrum so that people will be able to
access the Internet everywhere directly from their phones
and other LTE-enabled devices.
• Google began a pilot test on 16 June 2013,
when thirty balloons were launched from
New Zealand’s South Island and beamed
Internet to a small group of pilot testers
• About 50 local users in and
around Christchurch and the Canterbury
Region tested connections to the aerial
network using special antennas.
The Nimmo family
was the first to
connect to balloon-powered
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• It can improve communication during any disaster to affected
• It will be available at all places, even in Sahara Desert
• It can improve Internet usage in developing countries in region such
as Africa and Southeast Asia that can’t afford underground fiber
cable for providing internet connectivity.
• It is fast, efficient and more reliable than wired broadband