Google Loon Mistaken For Crashing Plane in New Zealand
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.