Google is looking to launch 20 test balloons in western Queensland, Australia to trial Project Loon in the region. The search giant plans to provide Internet access via helium balloons circling the Earth, beaming data to hardware located on the ground, including smartphones. The balloons will help Google connect those who reside in areas of the world where Internet access is limited.
Partnering with Australian carrier Telstra, who will supply base stations for communication channels as well as required space on the radio spectrum, Google will repeat initial trials carried out in New Zealand last year. Not only are the balloons expected to provide access to those with limited connectivity, but they will also one day aid disaster relief.
Source: The Guardian