Google has an ambitious goal of connecting people the over four billion people around the world living without an internet connection, through Project Loon. This project entails Google floating around tennis-sized balloons 11 miles high in the stratosphere, from where they will beam down internet connection networks.
The Project Loon balloons will be floating around the atmosphere subject to the direction and speed of wind currents. That right there presents a huge problem that necessitated Google to fly hundreds of these balloons over their target areas. So that, should ten, twenty, or thirty of these balloons is drifted too far out of the target area by wind, at least there will be a couple more to maintain the internet network.
Putting hundreds of the balloons over a relatively small area meant that if Google is to reach even a million of users in rural areas, the balloons to put in the sky will be too many. So much so that the company’s shareholders were not impressed by the idea at all, given the cost it will take to keep them airborne.
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