Alphabet is changing the course of Project Loon, its plan to cover the Earth with a “continuous stream” of balloons that beam internet to the ground. Astro Teller, the head of the company’s experimental wing, announced today that the Loon team has learned how to control the navigation of these internet balloons so well that they can now concentrate them in areas of need.
The original plan for Loon looked like a reversal of the way our phones connect to cellular towers as we move around in our daily lives. This constant stream of balloons would always be moving over us, 20 kilometers overhead, allowing devices on the ground to connect to each passing “tower.”
It could let them work with dozens of balloons, instead of hundreds