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Point a Loon

We highly believe that project Loon implementation can be greatly improved by using directional LTE atennas so we developed a Loon tracker and antenna tracker, with this you can get a DIY antenna tracker following the nearest balloon to your location, further improvemnts comming! Our software is open-source, so you can host your own loon tracker; however, we have deployed a public API to ease this system implementation.

Project Loon Now:

Real-time map location of Google Loon Project balloons:

API Usage

The API we provide is hosted at Google Firebase, remember you need to create an API token first.

API Token generator

Get a token to use our hosted API.
Email:

Tokens without activity in a long time period will be deleted, calling /point periodically will prevent that.

Point Antenna

/point GET Request

https://data.pointaloon.com/point?t=-KpXzvOkApAjugM8GgWe&lat=-5.4&lng=-80.7&alt=75

Parameters required:

Response: JSON with desired azimuth and altitude data for atenna in degrees, distance to the nearest balloon, and object Loon with balloon data (callsign,altitude,speed,postion,track,etc).

Example:
{"ant_alt":-13.044651036040841, "ant_azm":314.3787496140375, "distance":2966056.5460053235, "loon":{"alt":15788.639494763536, "lat":-11.8075,"lng":-76.2704, "name":"HBAL941","seen":1500638350, "speed":15,"track":121} }

This also will update your token last activity.
For initial postioning you need to have a minimal connection to the network, the request size is as little as 500 bytes of data.

Get live Loon balloons status

/loons GET Request

https://data.pointaloon.com/loons?t=-KpXzvOkApAjugM8GgWe

Parameters required:

Response: JSON with all objects Loon detected, each object include callsign,altitude,speed,postion,track,etc from balloon.
This also will update your token last activity.

Example:
{"HBAL020":{"alt":16093.439485009936,"lat":-6.3734,"lng":-78.456,"name":"HBAL020","seen":1500760514,"speed":7,"track":203}, "HBAL044":{"alt":17708.87943331586,"lat":-3.6557,"lng":-61.919,"name":"HBAL044","seen":1500760515,"speed":16,"track":119}, "HBAL051":{"alt":15819.119493788176,"lat":-0.478,"lng":37.6499,"name":"HBAL051","seen":1500760511,"speed":6,"track":270}... }

This also will update your token last activity.

Force-update Loon data

/update GET Request
http://data.pointaloon.com/update
Refresh balloons database from flightradar24.com
Deprecated since our server call it automatically.

Further improvements:

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Disclaimer

We are neither part nor supported by Google Project Loon; furthermore, we are pleased to work with everyone.

Contributors

Any contribution will be welcommed