An internet testing project balloon crashes in Meru

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BY CORRESPONDENT,IGEMBE,30TH DEC 2017-A high altitude balloon developed by google as a part of internet speed testing  crashed at Nthambiro in Meru Friday night making  residents to scamper for safety.

According to  Igembe South OCPD Jane Nyakeruma said no injuries or damages were reported as a result of the crash.

“The device from Project Loon indicates it fell after its expiry period of six months. No one is yet to claim the device,” Ms Nyakeruma said.

The device from Google’s balloon-powered high-speed internet service known as Project Loon is part of 10 balloons deployed in July 2017 for testing in Nakuru, Nanyuki, Nyeri and Marsabit.

It is a global network of high altitude balloons which ascend like weather balloons until they reach the stratosphere where they sail about 20 km (65,000 feet) above the earth according to its developer.

“The Loon balloons are super pressured, allowing them to last much longer. Loon balloons are also unique in that they can sail the wind to travel where they need to go. They can coordinate with other balloons as a flock and their electronics are entirely solar powered,” it states.

Loon balloons act as floating cell phone towers, allowing local telecommunications companies to extend their coverage into areas that are unserved and hence providing 4G internet.

 

It was first launched in 2012 with the aim of providing internet in remote areas of the world.

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