Google announced its latest “moonshot” with Project Loon. Google is launching balloons into the air to provide Internet connectivity to more people. You can read more about the initiative and the technology behind it here, but the company is beginning with a pilot test in New Zealand.
From the look of it, the concept is already working. Google shared this video about the pilot test today, where a tester is able to connect to the Internet as a result of the project:
That’s a promising first step.
Google said it launched 30 balloons last week, with 50 users in the initial pilot program. When the company is ready to expand on the project, it will look for partners along the same latitude as New Zealand.