Over the years, many companies have tried to connect the world through satellites. Back in the late nineties, Globalstar and Iridium tried to create worldwide voice and data coverage for mobile devices, but both companies failed in just a few short years. Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for that level of connectivity.
Now it seems we are as connected as we have ever been, and we expect to always be connected without interruption. But if you’ve ever traveled to a rural area or a developing country, you know there are still dead spots with no service.
Now Google is positioning itself to launch Titan Drones and the Loon Project, both of which would provide wireless internet service in under-served areas. Both projects use unmanned aircraft to transmit internet signals. The Titan Drone is capable of hauling a greater payload, staying in orbit longer, and providing greater internet speeds, but the downside is that it might not be accepted as easily. Project Loon uses weather-type balloons, which would be more accepted, but it provides slower internet speeds and is more likely to get blown off course.
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