Google shows how Project Loon could ride wind currents to keep balloons evenly spaced

Anyone looking to poke a hole in Project Loon — Google’s ambitious project to use balloons to bring internet access to remote regions of the world — would likely point out that you can’t keep a balloon in one spot. Google has an answer for that, of course. The Project Loon team says it could use wind currents at different levels of the stratosphere to control where balloons move and insure that the “flock” remains evenly spaced out. That, in turn, would made sure that people down below don’t have to wait for one of the airborne antennas to pass overhead before loading the internet.

Dan Piponi of Project Loon explains the technique by showing off some (very cool) simulations in a video released this week to explain the issue. By…

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