Google Starts Testing “Project Loon” In California

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Google has asked residents of Central Valley in California to participate in a beta test of Project Loon.  Project Loon is a Google project to give people access to Internet from balloons hovering in the sky.  This initiative will eventually be rolled into third world countries.

“Project Loon is looking for folks in the area who are willing to have a Loon Internet antenna installed on their house or small business building to help test the strength of the Loon Internet connection,” Google said on the project’s Google+ page. “When balloons fly overhead, the Loon Internet antennas will generate traffic that will load-test our service.”

Residents in Madera, Chowchilla, Mariposa, Merced, or Turlock can fill out a survey as part of a chance to participate in the beta program.  The tests are starting this August and will run through the end of the year.

Google announced Project Loon back in June and they started conducting tests in New Zealand.  Someone in Kentucky noticed the balloon this past October and reported it as a UFO.

Google uses complex algorithms along with wind and solar power to control the movement of the balloons.  The balloons creates a mesh network of about 20 km. above the ground.  Each balloon communicates with other balloons.

“You’ll be asked to help us load test the system during our research flights in the coming months,” stated Google. “Load testing involves putting demand on the system and then measuring its response. During these research flights, you will be invited to install a specialized Internet antenna on your home or business building which will help us learn how to deliver reliable, fast Internet connectivity to as many people as possible.”

[Source: Project Loon Google+ Page]