Operating a large fleet of Loon flight systems is a complex and involved task. To manage the fleet effectively, we use an automated fleet operation system that leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence advancements. Highly skilled flight engineers monitor the system and provide human oversight 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Fully Automated Fleet Management
Our automated fleet planning systems enable safe operations at scale. Fully automated weather events and restricted airspace avoidance are built in, and all flight vehicles are automatically monitored for power, health, ballast, and vehicle separation. The planning systems automatically send position reports and simulated flight paths to air traffic control. Meanwhile, our flight engineers provide 24/7 supervision, coordinating with air traffic control as needed.
days a year
Accurately and safely operating our fleet requires understanding how the weather, various flight path restrictions, and our flights systems will interact over hours, days, weeks, and months. We have the ability to simulate up to 30 billion balloon days every calendar day to anticipate highly dynamic changes to our operating context.
Navigating at Scale
Loon’s navigational algorithms have guided our flight systems over 40 million kilometers— a distance equivalent to 100 trips to the moon.
Learn how mobile network operators can extend their networks and restore connectivity after disasters through our fleet.