A project loon balloon loses heigh and falls into the sea nearby GDh Nadalla.
The balloon has been recovered with the assistance of the Maldives National Defense Force. The recovered ballon has been handed over to the google project team in the Maldives.
The balloons are designed to bring Internet access to remote regions not served by traditional infrastructure. The helium balloons contain equipment that connects the balloons to each other, ground relay stations, and the Internet.
They are also equipped with an ADS-B receiver, which makes them visible on Flightradar24. The balloons float in the stratosphere gaining and losing altitude to find the right wind patterns to carry them where they need to be.
They float above weather systems and commercial air traffic, generally between 55,000 and 70,000 feet.