Google extends field-testing of its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons

Google extends field-testing of its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons

Google has recently revealed on its Project Loon Google+ page that it has extended the field-testing of its Project Loon high-elevation Wi-Fi balloons to places like Campo Maior, a small town in rural Brazil.

The disclosure about the extension of field-testing of Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons comes one year after Google officially announced Project Loon on June 15, 2013. Google's key objective behind launching Project Loon balloons
- which the company first started test flying in New Zealand last year - was to achieve its goal of bringing Internet access to all parts of the world.

As a result of the extension of Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons to Campo Maior - and other similar places which lack Internet connectivity -, it was for the first time that a local school had the Internet beamed directly into its classrooms last week.

About the Project Loon field-testing work in Campo Maior, Google said on its Project Loon Google+ page that the test flight in Campo Maior "marked a few significant 'firsts' for Project Loon."

Google further said that "Launching near the equator taught us to overcome more dramatic temperature profiles, dripping humidity and scorpions;" and added: "We tested LTE technology for the first time; this could enable us to provide an Internet signal directly to mobile phones, opening up more options for bringing Internet access to more places."

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