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Google's LOON Project

  1. 1. Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project LOON 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
  2. 2. Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be steered by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction. People connect to the balloon network using a special Internet antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, then to the global Internet back on Earth.
  3. 3. Project Loon balloons travel around 20 km above the Earth’s surface in the stratosphere. Winds in the stratosphere are generally steady and slow-moving at between 5 and 20 mph, and each layer of wind varies in direction and magnitude. Project Loon uses software algorithms to determine where its balloons need to go, then moves each one into a layer of wind blowing in the right direction. By moving with the wind, the balloons can be arranged to form one large communications network
  4. 4. LOON in Stratosphere Situated between 10 km and 60 km altitude on the edge of space, the stratosphere is named after the different strata, or layers, of wind within it. But the extreme altitude also presents unique engineering challenges: 1. air pressure is 1% of that at sea level, 2.temperatures hover around -50 C, and 3.a thinner atmosphere offers less protection from the UV radiation and temperature swings caused by the sun’s rays.
  5. 5. The balloon envelope is the name for the inflatable part of the balloon. Project Loon’s balloon envelopes are made from sheets of polyethylene plastic and stand fifteen meters wide by twelve meters tall when fully inflated. ENVELOPE
  6. 6. LOON ENVELOPE AT THE LAUNCH EVENT
  7. 7. Each unit’s electronics are powered by an array of solar panels that sits between the envelope and the hardware. In full sun, these panels produce 100 Watts of power - enough to keep the unit running while also charging a battery for use at night. By moving with the wind and charging in the sun, Project Loon is able to power itself using only renewable energy sources. SOLAR PANELS
  8. 8. LOON SOLAR PANELS
  9. 9. A small box containing the balloon’s electronic equipment hangs underneath the inflated envelope, like the basket that is carried by a hot air balloon. This box contains circuit boards that control the system, radio antennas to communicate with other balloons and with Internet antennas on the ground, and batteries to store solar power so the balloons can operate during the night. EQUIPMENT
  10. 10. This is the first prototype of the of LOON EQUIPMENT. The parachute is stuffed into the hole in the centre (we referred to the design as a "Kleenex box").
  11. 11. LOON ANTENNA
  12. 12. LOON NETWORK
  13. 13. Three radio transceivers. balloon-to-balloon communications. balloon-to-ground communication. third for backup. The balloons use antennas equipped with specialized radio frequency technology. Project Loon currently uses ISM bands that are available for anyone to use.
  14. 14. CANTERBURY Project Loon began in June 2013 with an experimental pilot in New Zealand. A small group of Project Loon pioneers tested the technology in Christchurch and Canterbury.
  15. 15. The Nimmo family was the first to connect to balloon-powered Internet.
  16. 16. REFRENCES  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ProjectLoon/posts http://www.google.com/loon/ http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2013/06/introducing- project-loon.html

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