A huge thanks to #ProjectLoon pilot testers for taking the first step with us. Watch the first pilot tester connect to balloon-powered Internet for the first time.
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Amazing and great plan always comes form google, that is impressive.
 
Amazing, really hope this project is widely adopted and goes mainstream!
 
Good guys amazing idea. Can i ask? How long balloon can fly in height about 20 km ?
 
Have they released the speed and latency of the loon link people are getting?
 
Innovative concept , great job guys how do I become part of this
 
I bet there will be many UFO citing videos coming up :P
 
+Tomáš Schuhler as to how long the balloons can stay up there hasn't been provided bt I think we will know for sure after the test project .
 
+Tomáš Schuhler It says on the FAQ page that they designed the balloon to be able to stay up to ~100 days in the air.
 
That is just amazing. Go Google, changing the world with your bad self!!!
 
+Tomi Snellman The longest NASA managed with its Ultra Long Endurance balloon project was 31 days...100+ will be quite an achievement. edit: I was wrong on the longest, longest was actually 42 days
 
Where will the balloon land?
 
Hi!! I would like to  help. I'm in Colombia and I  have some Telecommunications devices, so I Think I could help to test the network! Or how can I help?
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Don't you need testers in South Africa? Would love to help test!
 
Cloud internet gets another meaning by that
 
What I am interested is the algorithm that controls the altitude, longitude and latitude of the balloon, probably based on the global atmosphere data running in Google's servers.
 
+Chardle Yim I imagine the main thing would be each balloon adjusting itself to keep within range of other nearby balloons, with global atmosphere data and position of each balloon used as a secondary means at a central location to ensure there are no gaps. Such would be a much simpler solution, and easy to make 'good enough'.
 
How cool! I hope this makes it's way to Appalachia.  There are parts of Kentucky and West Virginia that are almost impossible to get any type of broadband (apart from satellite).
 
What's the policy in the stratosphere? I mean could you provide an internet free of censorship upon a country?
 
Some countries may feel this is a violation of their sovereign airspace. They could complain to the UN, and possibly attempt to damage or destroy balloons and/or jam the signals.
 
But certainly hackers from these countries would connect to these balloons by conturning their country's regulation.
 
Also it remains to be seen how much personal identifying information Google will require for people to connect to these networks. It would be a fantastic basis for a Tor network, but they may require that you register your equipment to connect to a base station.
 
what about air forces? some military planes flies in the same altitudes.. 
 
I am wondering about the practical question of how many balloons will be needed to obtain reasonable global coverage. There are vast uninhabited areas of the planet - will those areas be covered too, or only areas where populations are concentrated?
 
Hope you consider that russians need this technology too...
 
I have a question why can't we have the internet as a TV channel like we have Star Movies,HBO etc.

User switch to internet channel with provide him/her a browser where he/she type's it's URL using TV remote and get the response.

All the communication done same as TV channel.May be it's a very silly question.
 
+Vikrant Kansal Because TV is one-way. I think what you are suggesting is satellite Internet which exists but requires expensive satellites, a big dish at home (compared to that little ball that Project Loon uses), you can't really upgrade satellites, etc.
 
When I first hear about Google's new project  "Loon", I've immediately checked the calendar. It was not 1st of April, though it seems very like those kind of projects that Google announces every year on the 1st of April :)
 
Oh, yes! What a mistake... Of course I've meant April, not May :)
 
Rural Broadband in NZ solved by Google. Bring it on guys...
 
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In real world, this project is not best idea to keep running this project. For example it floats in 10km, this layer of atmospheric is one of high speed windy layers. It means balloon will move  very fast from target area.

Also it will cost for device, helium or hydrogen, balloon coverage and to launch it. Also balloon coverage doesn't live long on direct sun radiation. 

Anyway, I am still like the test and good luck!
 
Waiting for loon in Algeria, we need it the most.
We have a mediocre access to Internet. and it's way too expensive. Google is hope. 
 
+Vanchindorj .U They're actually targeting an altitude of at least 18km, up to 27km. How different are wind velocities at that altitude?
 
Tremendous and beautiful effort by Google! Keep it up, high in the sky.
 
+Tomáš Schuhler
The balloons can't stay up in the air forever because the conditions of the stratosphere are so harsh. Eventually, the plastic in the balloon's envelope starts to degrade after continuous exposure to UV rays, just like lawn furniture left out in the sun.
 
+Steve Wart
The balloons fly on stratospheric winds, so in order to provide service to New Zealand, let's say, the balloons will also have to fly over the middle of the ocean to get there. However, we will be able to concentrate them over the areas they are most needed.
 
+Narada Bradman
The wind velocities between 18km and 27km vary significantly, but not in any consistent way. We've recorded winds as fast as 200km/hr, and we've had balloons come to a complete stop. This variety allows us a lot of options when we're choosing where to send the balloons.
 
+Muhammad Yuda
A specialized balloon antenna is required to connect to the Loon network. You can see a picture of it in our "How it Works" album.
 
It is very good work for people, it's social work also, it's responsibility for low land people... thank to Project Loon.. 
 
I would love  to test this one in the remote areas of Bukidnon, Philippines.
 
How about a live tracking link so we can see the balloons.....
 
congratulations for the project! amaziing! next time why you dont try to do it in Marinha Grande, Portugal :D small city with loads of young people using internet :D
 
indonesia needs this project! please please please
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Wow! super thank you engineers! Hope more and more Loons will be launch
 
Excelente Proyecto!!...Cuando llegará el proyecto piloto al sur de chile???
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+Project Loon What are your plans for tackling the bandwidth and latency issues?

My first thought was caching and pre-caching proxy servers at the ISP as well as onboard the balloons themselves. Cache servers could also be placed on-site in a rural community if several people shared a single connection to the loon-net.

There also the possibility of putting a cache in the users router, but most router hardware lack the memory for that, though it would still be possible to have the routers run a DNS-cache since that doesn't require much memory.

You could also use data compression to further reduce the bandwidth required. Google already has a project that does this for mobile connections : https://developers.google.com/chrome/mobile/docs/data-compression
 
this is real cloud computing :)
 
Could you give mor information about the batteries, plastic and any other toxi waste that could be generated if you lose control of any loon balloon?
 
I guess that latency is not a big issue at all.... imagine you are in a country where 1 out of 1000 or 10 000 have internet access and you really need specific information, i would not mind big latency, i wont be playing online games or downloading music. Of course it's interestin how it will develope in near future the latency issues.
 
please also include countries that have monopolized ISP and expensive data but slow connection... please please... 
 
1-1-2 CANARIAS  had a similar pilot project in 2009 to manage emergencies in difficult access areas.It was the first project in Europe and had very good results. Now we are very interested in participating  in the Project Loon if Google needs to include other countires. Contact: 1-1-2 CANARIAS SPAIN
 
+Project Loon Are you guys thinking about adding some kind of real time wind speed monitoring to each balloon to facilitate fine adjustments? I don't suppose there is enough suspended particulate matter at that altitude to use LIDAR(which I'm assuming would be lighter and cheaper), perhaps a short range Doppler unit?

Or, since you have a couple of transponders already mounted (2.4 and 5.8GHz), are measurements just an algorithm away?
 
+Narada Bradman
The more we can learn about the winds, the better -- for us and for the world.  We'd love to improve our sensors in this area, and we look forward to collaborating with the atmospheric science community and the public to produce a next generation of small, cheap, light, and precise instruments.
 
please don't let it pollute the ocean if it falls
 
+Jeanne Chick
This is an important issue for our team as well. We're engineering the system to avoid water landings as much as we can and we're working with the oceanographer Sylvia Earle to determine how the weather and wind data we collect can best help ocean scientists.
 
1. are you using helium or hydrogen in the balloon?
2. how do you control the height of the balloons?
lowering by releasing gas and increasing by adding gas from a cylinder of compressed gas maybe
 
Wow, amazing let's hope we are really getting near to a future where internet is everywhere. This technology applied to smartphone maybe with a dedicated chip or integrated wifi would lead to faster and stabler internet than 3G,  plus  it's Google so probably internet would be cheap or free supported by ads like Youtube and the other google services.
 
We have so many problems with internet. Too many hill's and no chance of getting internet....or can we?? This would be wonderful
 
Any word on the cost per unit once the project is streamlined? I was thinking $300-$500 million to cover Africa. Maybe $1000 per unit?
 
How can someone be part of future pilots eventually covering other countries?
 
absolutely brilliant...so how long until you guys combine Makani Power acqusition with this idea???? 
 
team google, have you properly researched about proven scientific facts that emf exposure disrupts and kills bee colonies by directly causing CDC? please enlighten your thoughts on the effects of this project towards them. (nevermind the hypersensitive people, just the bees)
 
wannaa do a seminar on Project loon...any1 plz help me to get full details about this....
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Excellent work.  I'd like to be a test pilot.  LOON impacts rural farmers ability to get goods to market on mobile app technology.   Let's offer the hand of progress to original farmers together: connect with me-> tree@iTreeware.com.

I would love to partner with the Bill & Melinda gates foundation, RobinHood & Google's LOON project to stamp out the "soft bigotry" of low expectations for rural farmers.  If rural farmers have a middle school age child- we can teach them business!  
 
Cool! Great idea! Here in Yucatán, México there are a lot of people that don't even understand what Internet is. This definitively would help to people to access to a better life quality.
 
wanna do something for this project to become reality!!
 
what is current status of our project? y it showing in black screen??
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This video is very inspirational. I hope that +Project Loon does not fall by the wayside and get forgotten about. What a fantastic thing this could be for people all over the world, not just people in rural areas.
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