Tuesday 18 June 2013

Google launches balloons internet!

The balloons that Google launched this week from an icy place of the South Island of New Zealand looked wrinkled and flabby at first, but it was getting stiff as totaled by the blue winter sky over Lake Tekapo, and spent the first big test of a higher goal: to bring Internet access to the entire planet. It was the culmination of 18 months work at Google called Project Loon. Developed in the same secret laboratory that produced the automatic driving car and goggles and this helium-filled aerostats Internet content transmitted to earth in its path. Still in the experimental stage, balloons were the first of thousands that Google expects to launch at an altitude of 20 kilometers in order to close the digital divide between 4,800 million people without internet connection and its 2,200 million online counterparts. If successful, the technology could allow some countries to avoid the expense of installing fiber optic cabling, and increase the use of internet in places like Africa and Southeast Asia. "It's something really ambitious.

A really huge target to chase, "said project leader Mike Cassidy.”The power of the Internet is perhaps one of the technologies of our era with greater power to transform." The first person who had access to the internet with a globe of Google this week was Charles Nimmo, a farmer and businessman from the town of Leeston. He was one of 50 people who signed up as testers of a project that was so secret that no one told them what was happening. The technicians went home and installed red receptors basketballs size. Nimmo had internet access about 15 minutes before the balloon transmitter remained out of reach. The first thing on the net was to review the weather forecast, because I wanted to know if it was good time to shear his sheep. Nimmo is one of many rural dwellers, even in developed countries, lack access to broadband. She canceled her phone dial-up four years ago to hire satellite service, but sometimes bills exceeded $ 1,000 per month. "It was weird," said Nimmo on the internet experience with balloons. "But it's exciting to be part of something new." Project-Loon-Google balloons fly where the wind takes them out of the reach of the human eye. Obtain energy with a solar panel to charge four hours a day to operate.

On land, internet link stations located 100 kilometers transmit the signal to the balloons. The signals are relayed balloon to balloon. Each balloon covers a service area of about 1,250 square kilometers, twice the size of New York City. And the terrain is not challenging for the signal. Google did not mention costs at this moment, although they say that pain has taken to make balloons and receivers as cheap as possible. The signals travel by unregulated radio spectrum, which means that Google does not have to go through the onerous regulatory process required internet providers that use wireless communication networks or satellite. In New Zealand, the company relied on the Civil Aviation Authority for testing. Google chose the country in part because of their geographic isolation. Cassidy said that the next phase of testing expect to have up to 300 balloons circling the 40th parallel south of New Zealand, in Australia, Chile, Uruguay Paraguay and Argentina.

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