Loon is pioneering the commercial application of cutting-edge, stratospheric technologies. Together, these innovations are adding a new layer to the global connectivity ecosystem, making it possible to connect billions of people and things in places no one thought possible. After years of development, these technologies are in production at scale around the world.
Delivering Connectivity From the Stratosphere
The stratosphere can be a harsh, ever-changing place. Taking advantage of this seemingly inhospitable environment requires overcoming two key challenges:
Keep the platform in the stratosphere for hundreds of days
Get the system to stay over the people who need internet
These challenges require mastering pressure conditions, wind currents, the thermal environment, gravity waves, and solar radiation. As a consequence, the stratosphere has been largely underutilized.
The Loon Solution
Loon has overcome many of the challenges associated with utilizing the stratosphere. Today, our flight systems are operating in production and at scale around the world, achieving key operational milestones.
flight hours since 2013
flight hours since 2019
HAPS Alliance: Partnering with Industry Luminaries
Loon is a founding member of HAPS Alliance (HAPS stands for ‘High Altitude Platform Station’). HAPS Alliance is working to advance commercial activity in the stratosphere, and to connect more people, places, and things around the globe. HAPS Alliance consists of some of the world’s largest technology, aerospace, and telecommunications companies.