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Google Loon Mistaken For Crashing Plane in New Zealand
by Karl Bode 02:23PM Friday Jun 20 2014
One of the broadband balloons used by Google for the company's Loon initiative caused a bit of a ruckus in New Zealand recently when locals mistook the balloon for a crashing plane. According to the Wall Street Journal, a variety of emergency services were dispatched including a rescue helicopter, only to find a deflated balloon. Since launching Project Loon in New Zealand last year, we’ve continued to do research flights to improve the technology,” a Google spokesman told the Journal. Aside from the occasional knocking out of power lines, a recent update notes the project is making good strides at keeping balloons aloft longer to deliver speeds of 5 to 22 Mbps.

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nekkidtruth
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Uh...

I'm confused. It looks absolutely nothing like a plane at all...
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Loon initiative

What if they aren't used as balloons, but positioned through out a region's high points? Would Google then have an competitive high speed fixed wireless network that could be scalable over wider areas?