Launching the Internet—by Balloon

June 17, 2013 at 9:52 am 3 comments

Steven Levy ’74g went to New Zealand to report his latest story for Wired—a tale of how Google is trying to bring Internet access to some pretty remote locations using a pretty wild scheme. It involves putting antennas into solar-power balloons and launching them into the stratosphere. Google calls the idea Project Loon, because it’s kind of crazy. But it just might work.

Levy writes that Project Loon could “provide Internet to a significant chunk of the world’s 5 billion unconnected souls, enriching their lives with vital news, precious educational materials, lifesaving health information, and images of grumpy cats.”

Levy’s story is accompanied by some cool photos of the project.

Tina Hay, editor

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tom Barrett  |  June 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Who cares

  • 2. Anonymous  |  June 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I do!

  • 3. Liam  |  June 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Very cool! I love hearing all the great things Penn State alums are doing.

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