Google's Loon project coming to an end


Mark Conner N9XTN
 


Cost wasn't sustainable.

73 de Mark N9XTN


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Chuck KG5CA
 

Sorry to hear of their exit, it was interesting to follow their exploits.  One of those unfortunate circumstances where you have to spend many millions of dollars just to find out if a cool idea is really feasible. 
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Chuck / KG5CA
StratoCasters


Christopher Rose
 

Hi, If the payload was as big as a tennis court, how big is the envelope(s)?

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From: "Mark Conner N9XTN"
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Sent: Thursday January 21 2021 7:58:33PM
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Cost wasn't sustainable.

73 de Mark N9XTN


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James Ewen VE6SRV
 

That would be people reporting not understanding the terms. The payload wouldn’t have been the size of a tennis court. Even the envelope at launch wouldn’t really be that size. 

Take a look at the “auto-launcher” photos. 

A tennis court sized payload with any amount of equipment on it would probably be fairly significant mass. That would require a lift envelope the size of a battleship. 

Imagine that landing on your house, or across a roadway. Definitely needs to have a controlled landing in an area with lots of room to land. 

James
VE6SRV 

On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:18 AM Christopher Rose <kb8uih88@...> wrote:
Hi, If the payload was as big as a tennis court, how big is the envelope(s)?

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From: "Mark Conner N9XTN"
To: GPSL@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Thursday January 21 2021 7:58:33PM
Subject: [GPSL] Google's Loon project coming to an end


Cost wasn't sustainable.

73 de Mark N9XTN


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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James
VE6SRV


Carlton Corbitt
 

Wow, Loon has been a neat project to folllow and i wish i could have been apart of.

Dan Bowen are you in the group photo?  
My guess is your the guy standing behind the guy with a bald head?

Carlton


Chuck KG5CA
 

Would have been interesting to hear the debrief.  I wonder if they decided a fixed-fixed wing alternative provided more flexibility in coverage than the "mostly" unguided floating vehicle.

https://medium.com/loon-for-all/hapsmobile-loon-first-in-the-world-to-deliver-lte-from-a-fixed-wing-stratospheric-aircraft-114bf4f041ad?source=collection_home---4------3-----------------------

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Chuck / KG5CA
StratoCasters


Christopher Rose
 

It did sound fantastic



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-------- Original message --------
From: James Ewen VE6SRV <ve6srv@...>
Date: 1/23/21 12:28 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GPSL] Google's Loon project coming to an end

That would be people reporting not understanding the terms. The payload wouldn’t have been the size of a tennis court. Even the envelope at launch wouldn’t really be that size. 

Take a look at the “auto-launcher” photos. 

A tennis court sized payload with any amount of equipment on it would probably be fairly significant mass. That would require a lift envelope the size of a battleship. 

Imagine that landing on your house, or across a roadway. Definitely needs to have a controlled landing in an area with lots of room to land. 

James
VE6SRV 

On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:18 AM Christopher Rose <kb8uih88@...> wrote:
Hi, If the payload was as big as a tennis court, how big is the envelope(s)?

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From: "Mark Conner N9XTN"
To: GPSL@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Thursday January 21 2021 7:58:33PM
Subject: [GPSL] Google's Loon project coming to an end


Cost wasn't sustainable.

73 de Mark N9XTN


Virus-free. www.avg.com

--
James
VE6SRV