Google's Project Loon flies its Internet-broadcasting balloons above 99 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. They're nearly in outer space. But how does Google steer them without popping, a problem that afflicts weather balloons at that altitude?
The answer, it turns out, is all in the data. Keith Bonawitz, computational choreographer for the Google [x] Lab, took to YouTube to explain how the balloons survive at extremely high altitudes, which has never been done before -- at least, not on such a large scale. … Read more