This technology is definitely for people with no access to the internet.
Stratospheric balloons are something amazing that looks fun, but it is a technology that will provide the internet to areas with no access to the internet.
Stratospheric balloons are large, high-altitude balloons sent into the stratosphere to view the Earth.
This region of the atmosphere is too low for satellites, too high for aircraft, and vacated too rapidly by rockets. They are the only sort of balloons that can be operated there. The Canadian Space Agency uses stratospheric balloons to test and validate novel technologies that are being developed for long-duration space missions, as well as to conduct scientific investigations in a close-to-space environment.
These Stratospheric balloons do not require an engine or fuel, and they are completely re-inflated after each trip. They can reach altitudes of up to 42 kilometers and maintain their instrument packages in the air for several hours.
Some balloons can do long-distance flights that can continue for several days, weeks, or even months.
Why do these Stratospheric balloons need?
So, as I mentioned at the start, there are billions of individuals worldwide.
This is for the people who do not have a reliable internet connection and must travel to a specified location to connect to a network. They can get access after so much struggle.
Furthermore, if that location has access to the internet, the distributor will charge them a higher fee. For example, they charge up to 5 and 10% more, which is unfair to the poor people.
Internet is a need of every person today. They need to get updates on the world’s happenings. Like, people are moving toward 5G and 6G internet. On the other hand, billions of people don’t even have internet.
If these people have the internet, they can educate differently. This can increase the productivity of the people and give them a new future. Connectivity issues, especially in mountainous places, disproportionately affect people’s ability to do online activities.
For this, engineers and scientists suggest Stratospheric balloons satellites which are less expensive and more reliable and the best solution for these areas, and this can be a huge invention.
The idea is simple, but implementation is difficult because the level where this balloon has to be launched is very difficult.
The wind speed, temperature, and how much time it can be spent there like it must be more than a hundred days. Moreover, the wind speed Is approximately 100km/hour, and the temperature can drop to -90 degrees celsius.
The base station for handling this must be in such a place where it can communicate without any disturbance. As a result, you can say that this invention is hard to handle; it can take many days and extensive research to complete the invention of the Stratospheric balloon.
Connecting the Unconnected World
This is not a piece of cake to build a Stratospheric balloons satellite.
This needs research and needs an experienced team. As from my heading of this part is that connecting those who are not connected to the world.
Yea! There are still areas which lack internet. Like, I have experience in areas with no network and people have to go to some city area to communicate with their beloveds.
These areas mostly are hilly areas where the mountain blocks the waves of communication and cause this no network issue. And, also the areas where you feel no sign of life, but people are living there near these places.
Imagine a desert where people live but have no connectivity to the internet.
There are many places in many countries where no such communication exists, which isn’t good for these people.
There are still billions of people who can’t have it despite the internet’s transformative power. Loon took a new approach to expand the internet’s reach.
Loon used a network of hot air balloons instead of traditional ground infrastructure, such as fiber optic cables or mobile phone towers, to expand the internet. Internet access in remote areas, gaps in coverage, and increased network resilience were all aims of Loon’s balloons.
Rural area problems:-
Physical obstacles and the natural environment are more difficult to overcome in rural places.
You may have a steep slope between your office and the customer farm. It won’t be easy to maintain a continuous line of sight in that situation.
Some clients may complain that your connection is unreliable.
Physical impediments, such as hills and mountains, are just one example.
In rural locations, you’ll also have to contend with bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and forests. In addition to the seasonal changes, these difficulties with full internet service also change. Falling leaves may damage electricity lines or other sensitive equipment in the fall.
How long did Stratospheric balloons Survive?
Yes, this is the main point how did the ballon survive for a long.
The Stratospheric area is very hard for technology because the wind pressure is very high, nearly 100km/hours. And this is hard to handle, but to avoid these problems, the engineers have made designs that can bear that stress.
Then the other challenge is the temperature which is about -90 degrees celsius. So this is the main tension for the makers. They have to build a new design that can bear all these challenges.
Then the other thing is that this balloon has to survive at least 300 days. So they have to make things to stay the year and need no maintenance.