Filling the sky with a flock of internet balloons sounds like an interesting if also sort of insane idea on paper, but in real life it’s not quite so fancy-free. And Google’s dealing with that first hand now that one of its internet balloons has crashed and caused a power outage.
Yup, one of Google’s test Loon balloons not only stopped providing internet but also took power away from people when it crashed in a mint field in Yakima, Washington. Google warned the FAA a day before the balloon actually hit, but there wasn’t much to be done except track it.
The crash only took out power to a few local houses, but it makes you think twice about the future of a sky full of things. You know, where there’s a lattice of internet balloons just above the layer of passenger jets just above the layer of surveillance drones just above the layer of autonomous delivery quadcopters.