A huge thanks to our pilot testers for taking the first step with us. Watch as
Charles, a Project Loon pilot tester, connects to balloon-powered Internet for the
A young visitor to the Festival of Flight gives a thumbs up in front of one of the
balloons on display at the Airforce Museum in Christchurch.
Our youngest pilot tester was just a few months old.
The Nimmo family was the first to connect to balloon-powered Internet.
The balloon ascends to the stratosphere.
Before launch, the balloons are unfurled on top of a protective tarp. This ensures
the delicate envelope isn’t damaged by gravel or spiky grass.
Project Loon tested its newest LTE radio technology at a rural Brazilian school,
Linoca Gayoso, that had never before had Internet access. In addition to operating
over long distances, LTE has the added benefit of being the same type of signal
that telecommunications companies already use for cellphones. This means that when
Loon partners with telcos to deliver last-mile connectivity, existing
infrastructure can be used to deliver Internet service to cellphones in rural and
Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at our Project launch in 2013
we've flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it
will take to provide connectivity to everyone, anywhere, with balloons. In this
video, Project Lead Mike Cassidy talks us through the progress the team has made
towards creating and managing a balloon network at scale and making balloon-powered
Internet for all a reality.
One of the best ways to test a balloon is to actually fly it and then bring back to
land for analysis. But, what if it was possible to test and measure balloon
performance without it ever having to leave the ground? In this video,
manufacturing lead Mahesh Krishnaswamy shows us how the team have been able to
accelerate improvements in balloon lifetime, design and manufacturing - by bringing
the stratosphere down to Earth!