With Project Loon, Google has set an ambitious goal, as with many other projects in the X department, to create a global network of balloons, which should bring Internet access to even the most remote areas. Today, Alphabet has announced that this plan will be at least partially removed and will now send much fewer balloons into the air than planned so far.
Like many other projects in the X department, Project Loon has moved into the X department of Alphabet, and has not been under the control of Google. It is under control of more profit-oriented Alphabet Holding. Alphabet has decided that Loon has to save money and has developed a new system with fewer balloons.
The basic idea of the Project Loons is just as simple as crazy. It sends numerous balloons into the atmosphere, which then float above the earth and can float over any point of the planet through a smart control. From there they should then build their own mobile network and bring both telephone connection and Internet access into the region. However, a large net and a whole series of balloons is necessary.
Now it has been announced that Alphabet would rather not want to build a global network, but would like to send the balloons in the group in the future.
The reason for this concept change is, however, not only the saving of resources and optimization of the technology but cost brake and the demand for a future profitability:
Project Loon’s algorithms can now send a small group of balloons to form a cluster over a specific region where people need internet access. This is the first time its been to the world. It will be back in the future. This will have a much better chance of ultimately being profitable.
With the new navigation, the balloons will arrive in a region within a few weeks and build up the network:
Although our navigation algorithms can get even better, and we need to test them in many other parts of the world, this is a positive sign for Loon’s economic and operational viability. We have a lot of work to be done. We’ll reduce the number of balloons than we needed and get greater value out of each one.