Hari Sreenivasan hosts talk with Google’s ‘captain of moonshots’ about the future of Internet access


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Google’s Project Loon wants to get people living in rural and remote areas of the world online, the two-thirds of the world who do not have access to the Internet. The network of balloons are designed to fly in the stratosphere, above airplanes and even the weather.

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Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. They are carried around the Earth by winds and they can be steered by rising or descending to an altitude with winds moving in the desired direction. People connect to the balloon network using a special Internet antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, then to the global Internet back on Earth.

The Project Loon pilot test began June 2013. Thirty balloons, launched from New Zealand’s South Island, beamed Internet to a small group of pilot testers. Video by YouTube channel Project Loon

PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan interviews Astro Teller, captain of moonshots at Google[x] Astro Teller, about Project Loon at the Washington Ideas Forum, a collaboration between The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and the Newseum. Watch the live stream of their conversation, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EST.