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Google’s internet balloons thing is actually working

One of Google’s crazy projects seems to be coming of age, in fact, faster than that Google Glass a.k.a “Glasshole” project. Turns out the Internet Balloons (dubbed Project Loon) can stay in the stratosphere for 130 days. The project is geared towards providing faster internet speeds and to areas that are not connected to the internet worldwide, providing the means of connection.

Google says the amount of time it takes to inflate just one balloon is equal to the amount of time it would take us to inflate 7,000 balloons during some party. However, the company has figured out how to make the process take a shorter time. In under 5 minutes, one balloon can be inflated using an auto-fill equipment that the search engine giant has built. That makes it possible to launch 20 balloons per day in the stratosphere. The company hopes to consistently continue to launch the balloons in space, and yes it will take very long to eventually fill the whole sky with balloons. But seriously guys, stare as long as possible at our lovely sky-blue Sky before it eventually becomes some other color, maybe white blue bubbles.

Google attributes the growth in the amount of time the internet balloons last “up there” to little things like eventually discovering the type of shoes the workers should wear to prevent destruction of the balloons as a result of friction. Turns out the shoes are ….well, fluffy socks. With such a discovery, the company says the balloons now last ten times longer than they did in 2013.

Maneuvering the internet balloons to where they need to go seems to be something Google intends to continue working on. However, the company boasts that by computing thousands of trajectory simulations they have gotten closer to the target. Achieving 3 million kilometers, the distance the internet balloons have traveled since the project was started in 2013, is no mean feat. To see how much has changed, check out the image below of the internet balloon launch in 2013, and compare it to our featured image above showing Google’s most recent launch… speaks volumes huh?

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