If you don’t subscribe to Project Loon’s Google+ account, then I would highly recommend that you do. Sure, it’s all a marketing effort to promote Google’s crazy plan to connect the world through a balloon-based broadband network, but the blog is often gripping, seat-of-your-pants reading as Google describes the adventures of its dirigibles as they traverse the heavens.
On Thursday, Google recounted the journey of one balloon, No. I-167, as it completed a trip around the globe in the southern hemisphere in just 22 days, compared to the 33-day voyage the typical balloon takes to circumnavigate the earth.
Google is trying to train its balloons to catch the currents of swift stratospheric winds so they’ll travel faster over the oceans — where there’s no one to connect — so they can spend more time over…
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