Google ‘Loon’ balloon hit power lines south of Yakima
HARRAH, Wash. — An unmanned, high-altitude balloon owned by Google got tangled in power lines and crashed early Thursday, knocking out power to a small number of homes in the area, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported Friday.
According to the newspaper, the FAA said that Google had notified the agency Wednesday night that its high-tech balloon was descending so that aircraft could be alerted to stay out of its path.
Google’s Project Loon is developing solar-powered balloons that float high in the atmosphere, above commercial air space, and can be used to broadcast a wireless Internet signal in regions that lack access.
Harrah, on the Yakama Indian Reservation, is about 18 miles south of the city of Yakima.