Here’s how Google makes its giant, internet-beaming balloons

Google Project Loon

Google X, the secretive moonshot lab run under Google's parent company Alphabet, wants to make the internet accessible for everyone.

That's why Google has been refining its giant, internet-beaming balloons since 2013 as part of its Project Loon. But to make that vision a reality, Google has gotten some outside help from Raven Aerostar, a stratospheric balloon desi...

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Jun 9th 2015, 15:30

NASA's 'flying saucer' launch used Raven balloon

Photo: Courtesy NASA; This artist’s concept shows the test vehicle for NASA’s low-density supersonic decelerator, designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.

NASA's so-called flying saucer launch Monday had a super-sized connection to Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries Inc.

The balloon used in the launch was a high-altitude balloon from Raven Aerostar. It ha...

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Jun 1st 2015, 08:45

Raven Aerostar Awarded United States Department of Defense Contract for Tethered Aerostat Systems and Support

Sioux Falls, SD (June 1, 2015)—Raven Aerostar (NASDAQ: RAVN) has been awarded a firm-fixed price (FFP) contract through the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst, N.J. for the procurement of Exportable Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (EPGSS), spare equipment and technical support. The tethered aerostat contract was awarded for approximately $6 million and is expected to...

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May 28th 2015, 10:07

Ballooning Surveillance

Timothy Compston finds out why aerostats are making their mark in the on-going battle to secure borders and critical infrastructure from a wide array of threats and to thwart drugs smugglers on land and sea   Excerpt:

Craig Laws, senior product manager at Raven Aerostar, another aerostat manufacturer with a strong track record here, agreed aerostats can deliver exceptional operatio...

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