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How Google Will Use High-Flying Ballons To Deliver The Internet To The Hinterlands

June 15, 2013

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How Google Will Use High-Flying Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands

BY STEVEN LEVY
06.14.13
http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/google_internet_balloons/all/

Project Loon sails through the stratosphere, where there are different wind layers. Using wind data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the balloons are maneuvered by identifying the wind layer with the desired speed and direction and then adjusting altitude to float in that layer. Photo: Jon Shenk

Not much happens in Geraldine, a small farming community in the interior of the South Island of New Zealand, about 85 miles from Christchurch. So when Hayden MacKenzie, a fourth-generation farmer there, picked up the phone last Tuesday and got a request to participate in a secret project—one that he wouldn’t even learn about until he signed a vow of silence—he and his wife Anna figured that they’d take a shot. That evening, two men showed up at…

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