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Google internet beaming balloon crashes in the Amazon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A hot air balloon launched by Google to bring the internet to remote villages in the Amazon has crashed in the rainforest. The large balloon, which was part of the internet giant's Project Loon, fell from the skies and landed on the jungle floor. The huge inflatable plummeted from 11 miles in the sky, above a remote town in Brazil, where it was helping to provide a wireless internet network. A hot air balloon launched by Google to bring the internet to remote villages in the Amazon has crashed in the rainforest. The large balloon, which was part of the internet giant's Project Loon, fell from the skies and landed on the jungle floor Google has apologised for'surprising' locals in the Autazes area, in the north-central Brazilian state of Amazon.


Project Loon internet balloon lands in the Amazon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A hot air balloon launched by Project Loon to one day bring the internet to remote villages in the Amazon has landed in the rainforest. The large balloon fell from the skies to the jungle floor following recent flight tests, to the surprise of the local community. The huge inflatable descended from 11 miles high, above a remote town in Brazil. A hot air balloon launched by Project Loon to one day bring the internet to remote villages in the Amazon has landed in the rainforest. X, an innovation lab under Google's parent company Alphabet and the group behind Project Loon, has apologised for'surprising' locals in the Autazes area, in the north-central Brazilian state of Amazon.


Google parent company Alphabet is bringing its internet-beaming balloons to Kenya next year

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Alphabet Inc's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet's X, the company's innovation lab. It has since become Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google. Alphabet Inc's Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa The technology was used by U.S. telecom operators to provide connectivity to more than 250,000 people in Puerto Rico after a hurricane last year. Kenya hopes the technology can help achieve full Internet coverage of its population.


Google kills off its Titan drone that would have taken on Facebook

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google's secretive X R&D lab, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, has pulled the plug on its drone project that would bring internet access to millions of people – Project Titan. It has been confirmed by Alphabet that engineers were told to look for other positions within the Alphabet/Google community. Although the project has been killed, the mission is still alive – the firm will continue to use Project Loon as a way to connect rural and remote areas of the world. X, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, has pulled the plug on its project that would bring internet access to millions of people – Titan. The news was first reported by 9To5Mac, which received a statement from an X spokesperson.


Alphabet announces plant to bring its balloon powered internet service Loon to Peru

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Today, Alphabet's balloon-based internet service provider Loon announced plans to bring coverage to parts of the Amazonian rainforest in Peru. The project is a part of a collaboration for Para Todos Peru (IpT), an open source mobile service provider backed by telecommunications giant Telefónica, Facebook, the Inter-American Development Bank, and CAF, a Spanish conglomerate that funds railway and other construction projects. Coverage will be provided to around fifteen percent of the Loreto Region of Peruvian Amazon, representing some 200,000 residents. Alphabet's Loon will launch its first non-emergency internet coverage in Peru in collaboration with Para Todos Peru (IpT) To date Loon's balloons have been used to provide internet access during emergencies, such as when the technology was used in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Loon began limited testing its balloons in Peru in 2014.