Google is not just a giant search engine, or a huge company that collects data. It also has enormous plans to make the Internet available on a global scale.
That's why in June of last year, Google announced Project Loon. This far-fetched plan uses hi-tech weather balloons to float a series of Internet relays above an area's commercial airspace, like the Amazon rainforest.
You can learn more about Project Loon with this incredible video!
Google tested Project Loon in a few different places this year, including the state of Washington, which produced this mishap. However, Google just wrapped up testing in New Zealand, and so far the results have been good enough to move on to bigger and better places.
It looks like Google is going down under with Project Loon. That's right, global Internet testing is headed to Australia!
Google reported that it has initially tested in New Zealand for "the area’s favourable stratospheric conditions." Tests apparently did so well that Project Loon is moving 20 Internet balloons to Queensland in December to begin a new round of testing.
The ultimate goal of Google is to bring the Internet and connectivity to the almost two-thirds of the planet that doesn't have either. The hope is also that once the global Internet is established using these floating Internet relays, every area will have the Internet, especially areas struck by natural disasters.
This would also make connecting the world much cheaper, since landlines are far more costly and time-consuming to construct.