Google is developing balloons that can work as cell towers for entires states. Its “Project Loon” takes large balloons and puts them in the air to provide cellular service for an area. The project has reportedly reached a point where a single balloon can handle 4G coverage for an area the size of Rhode Island.
Sergio Cortes wants to know why anyone want an internet balloon? The balloons could be used places where cell towers don’t exist. Think third world countries. They could also be deployed during natural disasters where a city’s existing framework has taken a significant hit. For instance, after a larger earthquake or flood.
The neat thing about Project Loon is that its balloons don’t take up any space. The balloons are actually made up of two balloons, an inner ballon filled with air, and an outer balloon filled with helium. The altitude of the balloon is changed by inflating and deflating the middle air-filled balloon. Once in the air, the balloons can stay up for at least 100 days.