Google Project Loon Balloon Circles The World In 22 Days
This week, Google revealed that one of its balloons had completed a lap around the entire globe in 22 days. It sounds like something of science fiction, but it's very real. Here's a snippet from Google about its specific journey: "It enjoyed a few loop-de-loops over the Pacific ocean before heading east on the winds toward Chile and Argentina, and then made its way back around near Australia and New Zealand."
Google is using the path to make future balloons better, with an eventual goal of being able to actually distribute Internet via the air. It has made the pump inside of the balloon more efficient, enabling it to react more quickly to wind changes and stay the course. No specific time lines have been given as to when we could expect a Loon balloon to actually act as an ISP, but it's fairly extraordinary to see Google still pushing in that direction.