Loon: Alphabet’s balloon-powered internet access project is winding down

Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. that aimed to bring internet access to disconnected and poorly connected people around the world by using balloons high in the stratosphere, is winding down, the company confirmed on Friday.

In a blog post, Alastair Westgarth, CEO of Loon, said they have found a number of available partners along the way, but they haven’t found a way to cut costs enough to build a long-term sustainable business.

“We talk a lot about connecting the next billion users, but the reality is that Loon has been chasing the most difficult problem of all in connectivity: the last billion users: communities in areas too difficult or remote to reach or areas where Providing the service with existing technologies is simply too expensive for ordinary people. Developing a radical new technology is inherently risky, but that doesn’t make it easier to deliver this news. Today, I’m sad to share that Loon will be winding down. ” Westgarth said.

“Just like Loon’s technology is based on pioneering work done by others in the fields from From aviation to meteorology to artificial intelligence, we hope that some of Loon’s technologies will live on to support the next generation of innovators, ”he added.

The Loon Project was announced in 2013 with a mission to connect people everywhere. At launch, it was part of Google’s X division, however, in 2018, Loon along with Wing, a standalone drone delivery service and subsidiary of Alphabet, graduated. from X to become two new independent businesses within Alphabet.

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  • The Loon Project was announced in 2013 with a mission to connect people everywhere. At launch, it was part of Google’s X division, however, in 2018, Loon along with Wing, a standalone drone delivery service and subsidiary of Alphabet, graduated. from X to become two new independent businesses within Alphabet.
  • Loon: Alphabet’s balloon-powered internet access project is winding down