Google teams with French to advance broadband balloon project

Google teams with French to advance broadband balloon project(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google and the French space agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, have teamed up to work on Google’s plan to bring Internet to remote parts of the world.

“CNES is supporting this project with balloon engineering expertise for which it has acquired international acclaim over the last 50 years. CNES and Google are delighted to be working together to give new momentum to research efforts in this area,” said the organization via press release.

Google’s Internet initiative, Project Loon, was created to deliver Internet access to remote areas of the world. It is done by a set of large balloons that is carried by winds in the stratosphere. The balloons use a two way link that transmits signals to toher balloons which bring them back to the ground where antennas of LTE phones can pick them up.

“This cooperation will enable Google and CNES to pool resources and research. CNES will contribute to ongoing balloon flight analysis and to the development of next-generation balloons. CNES will receive assistance from Google to conduct Strateole-type long-duration balloon campaigns (see links below), similar to the Concordiasi project in 2011 but with a wider stratospheric coverage.”

Google VP Mike Cassidy notes that more than 4 billion people do not have Internet access, which is why the tech giant is working with other organizations to pull resources to better Project Loon.