Alphabet bursts its balloon-powered world-wide-web ideas

Catrina P. Smith

Alphabet’s moonshot idea of beaming world-wide-web connectivity from big balloons is floating back again down to earth.

The Google guardian business introduced that it is shutting down the Loon task because the organization design is unsustainable.

“The highway to commercial viability has established significantly longer and riskier than hoped,” said Astro Teller, who leads Alphabet’s experimental X lab, in a Thursday site publish. “So we have manufactured the difficult final decision to near down Loon.”

The formidable venture aimed to provide cost-effective world-wide-web entry to unconnected, distant, and underserved places.

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The balloons were equipped with directional antennas that transmitted alerts to the ground. 

The antenna successfully transmitted data over 600km between two balloons.
Credit: Alphabet