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NetMotion links up with Skype in stratosphere

What’s the best way to show off your mobile networking technology? How about demonstrating that the technology can seamlessly switch between WiFi, cellular and satellite data connectivity while it’s flying on a balloon up to a height of 85,000 feet? … Continue reading

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World View balloon venture gets new CEO

For three and a half years, Ryan Hartman served as president and CEO of Insitu — the Boeing subsidiary headquartered in Bingen, Wash., that pioneered the creation of unmanned aircraft systems for military and commercial applications. Now Hartman will raise his sights as the … Continue reading

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Blue Origin will launch Telesat’s internet satellites

Canada’s biggest satellite operator, Telesat, has signed agreements with Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and Alphabet’s Loon aerial telecommunications venture to support its future global broadband satellite constellation. Blue Origin has agreed to provide multiple launches on its yet-to-be-built New Glenn rocket to get … Continue reading

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Loon strikes deal to beam internet access in Kenya

A week after becoming an independent business under Alphabet’s wing, the venture formerly known as Google’s Project Loon has struck its first commercial deal to provide balloon-powered 4G/LTE internet service to regions of central Kenya starting next year. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Loon and Wing graduate from X moonshot factory

Two of Google’s best-known flights of fancy, Project Loon and Project Wing, are being hatched from their X incubator to become independent businesses under the wing of Alphabet, Google’s holding company. Loon will work with mobile network operators globally to … Continue reading

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World View balloon venture gets a $26.5M lift

Arizona-based World View says it has closed a $26.5 million Series C financing round, led by Accel with participation from previous investors Canaan and Norwest Venture Partners. The funding will help World View accelerate work on its Stratollite system, a low-cost, balloon-borne platform that … Continue reading

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World View balloon goes boom after test

A high-altitude balloon reportedly exploded at Spaceport Tucson in Arizona today after a test that was being conducted by World View Enterprises. No injuries were reported, but the loud boom shook up residents in the surrounding area. Get the news brief on … Continue reading

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