Google's $1 Billion Plan To Use Satellites For Worldwide Internet
Geege Schuman stashed this in Google
Google plans to spend more than $1bn on a fleet of 180 satellites to beam internet access to unconnected parts of the globe.
The project will use small, but high capacity low-Earth orbiting satellites that sit lower in the sky than traditional satellites, a report by the Wall Street Journal indicates.
The satellite venture will be an extension of Google’s Project Loon, which uses high-altitude balloons to carry internet signal across areas of New Zealand with the intention of establishing an uninterrupted internet signal around the 40th parallel of the Earth's southern hemisphere.
Satellite-communications expert Greg Wyler, who founded specialist startup 3b Networks, is reportedly leading the new project for Google reporting directly to chief executive Larry Page with a team of around 20 people.
Google recently purchased drone-maker Titan Aerospace to deliver solar-powered high-altitude drones that can stay airborne for five years at a time. The drones dubbed “atmospheric satellites” could replace the balloons in Project Loon.
Loon as in Balloon, eh?
That's a cool gif.
So between Google Fiber and Google Loon, is it safe to say that Google wants to disrupt telcos?