Facebook's Solar-Powered Internet Drone Giving Google's Project Loon Competition

The race has been on to extend internet connectivity to all corners of the world.  We’ve been keeping up with Google’s Project Loon’s progress for the past few years.  This past Thursday, Facebook announced that it had successfully completed a test flight of its unmanned solar-powered drone Aquila.

  • 22 July 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 776
Google Reassures the FCC’s Radiation Worries

​Project Loon is in the news again; this time they are answering concerns to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Project Loon is Google’s project aimed at providing internet access to remote and rural areas using high-altitude weather balloons placed in the stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network.

  • 10 February 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 909
Project Loon & Titan? Countdown to Liftoff

When we checked in with Project Loon last, a deal had been signed between Sri Lanka’s government and Google “for local telecommunication companies to enable a connection to the balloon network.  [Google’s plan was to use] their solar panel-powered balloons to float in the stratosphere and send down internet connectivity.  Although this is a country of over 22 million –only about 1 in five people have access to the internet.”  Now, nearing two months later, liftoff is in sight for Project Loon.

  • 14 October 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1413
Project Loon – Providing Internet to all of Sri Lanka

​Google’s Project Loon is making another big move.  Loon is heading to Sri Lanka.  On June 28th, a deal was signed between Sri Lanka’s government and Google for local telecommunication companies to enable a connection to the balloon network.  Google is using their solar panel-powered balloons to float in the stratosphere and send down internet connectivity.  Although this is a country of over 22 million –only about 1 in five people have access to the internet.  This is their first large scale effort and we are anxiously awaiting the results.

  • 3 September 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1292
Top Articles of 2015

Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, let’s take a look back and share with you your favorite articles we’ve written so far in the first half of 2015.

Here are your top ten articles of 2015.

  • 29 July 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1900
Google's Project Loon Set to Take Over the Sky with Big Updates

Google’s Project Loon is an effort to bring internet connectivity to areas all around the world that don’t currently have access to it.  They aim to accomplish this task with a fleet of balloons that are launched into the stratosphere and give LTE connectivity to a perimeter of ground area.  Project Loon has been a big focus this last week as we’ve received news from Google I/O, the company's developer conference held in San Francisco, that Google has two major updates regarding its Project Loon program.  We may be keeping an eye to the sky as it seems that there will most likely be a lot more Google balloons flying about before we know it.

  • 8 July 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1553
Google's Project Loon Making Huge Strides for Airborne Internet

It’s been a little while since we’ve checked in with Google’s Project Loon.  That doesn’t mean that their progress has slowed in the slightest.  To recap, the goal of Project Loon is to provide internet access to parts of the world where it isn’t available by way of airborne balloons.  They are definitely making huge strides towards just that.

  • 18 March 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1703
Google vs. Facebook: The Race for Airborne Internet is On
We’ve filled you in on Google’s Project Loon: herehere, and here (project designed to solve the problem of limited internet access across the globe) and have been checking in the past few months for updates on this awesome project. Meanwhile, Google isn’t the only one interested in jumping into the airborne internet race. The question is, who are the players? And who will win?
  • 16 April 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2854
Project Loon Sets up Camp in California
When we last checked in with Project Loon here, they were in New Zealand working out some kinks and setting some records. Since getting back from New Zealand, the Project Loon team has set up shop in California's Central Valley. The team has been busy conducting a series of research flights. As it's been since the beginning, the purpose of their flights is to research various approaches for improving the technology that they are working with. They are working to improve the configuration and battery like of their solar panel power system, the balloon envelope design, their own radio configuration, etc. It seems like they're following a "what can go wrong and how can we fix it?" approach.With each test flight they are able to gather a little more information and use that new info to develop their technology from those results.
  • 3 September 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2486
Keeping Up With Project Loon
We introduced you to a little (huge!) project called Project Loon: here.  Now, we're going to start following their journey and reporting back you.  While I'm sure this project has been in the works for quite some time, Google just announced it's existence June 14th, 2013.  With a little over a month now under their belt in the public eye, let's catch up with Loon and see what's been happening over in their neck of the world.
  • 18 July 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2466
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