Alphabet X’s balloon-powered Project Loon has beamed internet access to over 100,000 users in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.

The hot-air balloons arrived over the island from Nevada three weeks ago and have been delivering internet access to certain AT&T and T-Mobile customers in the most damaged areas.

It’s the first time the balloons have been launched at such a rapid pace. And initially, the team behind Project Loon wasn’t sure how well the technology might work.

The balloons are designed to hover 11 miles above the Earth to create an aerial wireless network. Once in position, they can relay data between the telecommunication provider on the ground and to the customers in need.

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SOURCE: PC Mag, Michael Kan