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Project Loon balloons, from Google's Alphabet, to aid Puerto Rico

Project Loon balloons, from Google's Alphabet, to aid Puerto Rico

The balloons, recently deployed in Peru for the same purpose, were developed by Loon, an Alphabet subsidiary and sister company to Google. The balloons cross link to provide the best coverage matrix and when they drift off position or are otherwise disabled, they're capable of descent for recovery by crews on the surface.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk often takes to Twitter to mull over ideas, but on Friday his musings about sending his company's solar-powered batteries to help restore Puerto Rico's power attracted the attention of the island's governor.

"We're grateful for the support of the FCC and the Puerto Rican authorities as we work hard to see if it's possible to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need". The high-altitude weather balloons that Alphabet will deploy are also going to help restore service in the U.S. Virgin Islands that got hit by the hurricane as well.

In a statement, X spokesperson Libby Leahy told Gizmodo, "We're grateful for the support of the FCC and the Puerto Rican authorities as we work hard to see if it's possible to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need".

On Friday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application for Google parent company, Alphabet Inc., to reestablish cellphone service to Puerto Rico.

When the balloons are floating in the air above the correct spot, ground stations send signals up to the balloon and the balloon sends signal down to the ground so people with a mobile phone can connect to the internet. "We've been making solid progress on this next step and would like to thank everyone who's been lending a hand". According to an updated tally from the Washington Post, as of Saturday, just 11.7 per cent of the commonwealth has access to electricity, 55.5 per cent has water, and just 44 per cent has cell phone service.

But the reason Loon was up-and-running so quickly in Peru was because X had already been working alongside Telefónica. The group will be rounded out with representatives from bureaus and offices throughout the agency.

Hundreds of Tesla Powerwall battery systems are already in Puerto Rico and Tesla employees are in the country helping with installation and training for maintenance.