Alphabet is closing down Crazy, its department that offers web from floating balloons, according to a post on the blog of Alphabet’s X moonshot division.
” The road to commercial practicality has actually shown a lot longer and riskier than hoped,” Astro Teller, who leads X, composed in the blog site. “In the coming months, we’ll begin winding down operations and it will no longer be an Other Bet within Alphabet.”
Alphabet, the moms and dad company of Google, released Crazy in June 2013, and Crazy “graduated” from a moonshot to an independent business within Alphabet in2018 Loon launched its first business internet service in Kenya in July, comprised of a fleet of about 35 balloons that covered an area of around 50,000 square kilometers.
Teller says that Loon is working to put staff members in other roles at X, Google, and Alphabet. “A little group of the Loon team will remain to guarantee Crazy’s operations are wrapped up efficiently and securely– this includes winding down Loon’s pilot service in Kenya,” according to Teller. Crazy’s service in Kenya will run till March, an X spokesperson informs The Brink To support those in Kenya who may be impacted by the loss of Crazy’s service, Loon is pledging $10 million to support nonprofits and companies in Kenya dedicated to “connection, Internet, entrepreneurship and education.”
Crazy isn’t the only moonshot that Alphabet has shut down. It wound down Makani, which intended to use wind turbines attached to kites to develop eco-friendly electricity, last year. And Project Foghorn, which looked into how to develop clean fuel from seawater, ended its work in2016