Google enlists balloon experts from French space agency to bring Project Loon to life
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Google is enlisting some of the world’s foremost experts on balloons to turn its ambitious Project Loon into reality. The search company has partnered up with French space agency CNES to “pool resources and research” and help complete Google’s plan to bring high-speed internet to poor, rural corners of the world with a fleet of balloons with antennas on board.
These guys know their balloons
The partnership should be good news for Google, because CNES isn’t just some backwater space agency. It’s said to have one of the largest stratospheric balloon programs in the world, second only to NASA, with a team of roughly 60 scientists on board. The agency has been working on using high-altitude balloons for research of the stratosphere for…