Google's Project Loon Balloon reportedly crashes in Sri Lanka

However, Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology Agency says that the landings were controlled and scheduled

Published Date
19 - Feb - 2016
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19 - Feb - 2016
 
Google’s Project Loon Balloon reportedly crashes in Sri Lanka

One of Google’s Project Loon balloons may have crashed in a Sri Lankan tea plantation during its maiden test flight. According to a report by AFP, villagers found the deflated balloon with all its equipment in the region of Gampola in the country. An officer said, “tea plantation workers found it crashed in the plantation. They picked up the pieces and brought it to the station.” However, Sri Lanka’s Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) said that the landings were controlled and scheduled. ICTA chief, Muhunthan Canagey said on Twitter, “google loon ballon safely landed under standard operating procedures in #Ika as part of the test.” 

The balloon had entered Sri Lankan airspace on Monday after they were launched from South America. Earlier this month, the government of Sri Lanka had announced that it would take a 25% stake in the join venture with Google. The country would not be investing any capital in the project, but would take the stake in return for allocating the spectrum for the project. 

In light of Google CEO, Sundar Pichai’s visit to India in December last year, the government gave an in principle nod to pilot Project Loon. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that a partnership between Google and BSNL for the proliferation of Project Loon to remote areas for places with low internet connectivity. 

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