S. Sudanese mistake Google’s Internet Balloons for drones

Google sets to launch its balloon into the skies |Photo: Google

Nov 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–Earlier this month, South Sudanese were left in shock after unidentified drone-like objects with bright flashing lights were spotted in the country’s airspace flying over the capital, Juba, on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters to highlight the issue that left hundreds of citizens astonished, the Deputy Information Minister, Baba Medan, explained that the drone-like objects that were launched remotely by Google as part of its initiative to provide an aerial wireless network across the continent.

“We made an agreement with Google that we need to have the mobile internet in the region and that is targeting the rural areas,” Baba Medan told Eye Radio on Tuesday.

“So that balloons are not a threat to people, it is flying at 50,000 feet which is almost 20 kilometers above the earth. It is safe,” he stated.

“What the google balloon tries to do is to introduce a technology called LPE 4G, which is a high-speed technology and they try to make that connection without you having to wait for the installation of towers. It is now at a testing stage,” he noted.

Recently, the tech giant company, Google, launched a new project known as Google’s Loon Internet Balloon Project, and it has begun the first phase of its high-altitude balloons trial aimed at creating aerial connectivity supported by an antenna installed on the ground.

S. Sudan to launch its first satellite into Space in 2040

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

September 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s government has an ambitious plan to launch its first ever microsatellite into space by 2040, according to one of its long-term development strategies obtained by The South Sudan Herald.

Last week, the Governance Cluster headed by South Sudan’s First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar met and reviewed the South Sudan Vision 2040, and “recommended its full review with participation of representatives from the other Clusters before tabling it to the Council of Ministers meeting for final approval.”

The country’s national development planning strategies are centered on three pillars: development, political and social changes, among other reform agenda.

“The meeting conducted in the Council of Ministers meeting hall recommended incorporation into the South Sudan Vision 2040 aspects of crosscutting reform agenda provided for in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS),” the Office of the FVP said in a statement.

South Sudan continues to face an economic recession despite ongoing efforts to improve the economy through oil and non-oil revenues.

Other factors affecting the economy include corruption, poor financial management systems and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent months, aid agencies have warned that the majority of the country’s population will be on the brink of starvation due to the ongoing humanitarian situation in the country.