On Saturday(15th June) Google revealed top-secret plans of sending balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.
Scientists from Google released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 kilometres above Christchurch in New Zealand on Saturday.
While still in the early stages, Project Loon hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing more than four billion people with no access to get online.
“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” the company said on its latest project from its clandestine Google , “where we work on radical, sci-fi-sounding technology solutions to solve really big world problems”.
But Richard DeVaul, chief technical architect at Google, cautioned that “it's awfully too early to think about covering the entire planet”.
If this experiment succeeds it would be a boon of free internet for all the people in the world.