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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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World View shows off pics from high-flying balloon

World View Enterprises’ first near-space pictures demonstrate how the Arizona company’s balloon-based imaging platform can rival satellite views. The photos were released today in conjunction with the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado. Tucson-based World View is working on what it calls its … Continue reading

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World View’s drone balloon finishes 5-day flight

World View Enterprises has executed its longest stratospheric balloon flight ever, steering a solar-powered payload through five days’ worth of testing at altitudes in excess of 55,000 feet. The high-altitude outing marked the Arizona-based company’s first launch from Spaceport Tucson, and … Continue reading

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World View does its first Spaceport Tucson liftoff

World View Enterprises today executed its first balloon liftoff from Spaceport Tucson, the Arizona facility that it expects will be the home base for satellite-like “Stratollite” missions to the stratosphere — and, eventually, tourist flights as well. “Spaceport Tucson, the first-ever … Continue reading

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