Google to FCC: Venture Loon Balloons Gained't Fry Anybody With Radiation
Google has written to the Federal Communications Fee to guarantee regulators that the corporate’s "Challenge Loon" Web-beaming balloons pose no menace to anybody — relating to radiation, anyway. (A balloon has come down unexpectedly throughout testing at the least as soon as.)
As designed, the balloons would float over areas poorly served by Web suppliers, at a peak of about 60,000 ft, sending and receiving alerts from floor-based mostly antennas. Google is planning exams of the transmission system, and is trying to get out in entrance of potential objections.
"Some commenting events fear that the radio-frequency (RF) power from Google’s proposed testing might hurt people, animals, or crops within the neighborhood of the check operations," learn the letter (PDF) to the FCC.
"Though we respect that the commenters’ considerations are genuinely held, there isn’t any factual foundation for them."
Google factors out that its microwave antennas will by pointed skyward, somewhat than towards land-based mostly receivers, and that the highly effective alerts utilized by the balloon’s gear are hardly a hazard from 60,000 ft away.
"Even when an airborne transmitter have been aimed exactly at an individual on the bottom immediately under it, the sign power acquired on the bottom can be hundreds of thousands of occasions weaker than FCC limits," the letter defined.
Venture Loon is an ongoing experiment of Google’s, and whereas there are not any concrete plans but to deploy it anyplace, the corporate hopes to attempt it out in Indonesia over the subsequent few years.