Raven Aerostar Super Pressure Balloons
Raven Aerostar is working closely with Loon, an Alphabet company, to solve the great challenge of providing wireless internet access to millions of people worldwide. Using Raven Aerostar's Super Pressure Balloons, Loon has the potential to change countless lives. The benefits of widespread connectivity range from general access of knowledge and furthering education to medical care and enriched agriculture.
Raven Aerostar is our balloon design partner and manufacturer of our envelopes. They bring to the project decades of expertise in high altitude balloon engineering as well as the latest breakthroughs in super pressure balloon engineering."— Mike Cassidy, former Project Lead, Google[x]
Raven Aerostar's Super Pressure Balloon
The Super Pressure Balloons used by Loon are designed and manufactured by Raven Aerostar. These high altitude, long duration balloons carry Loon's Internet-providing technology to new heights.
In 2012, we began tailoring our already proven Super Pressure Balloon design to align with the mission requirements of Loon. Today, our technological leaps are revolutionizing lighter-than-air platforms and mission capabilities.
Using wind patterns, payload technology, and balloon design, these platforms move along a desired path while being tracked in real-time. At the end of flight, each balloon deploys a Raven Aerostar Payload Recovery Parachute to ensure a safe recovery.
Our work with Loon aligns with our purpose to Connect, Protect and Save Lives, and the accomplishments and milestones achieved are a testament to our team’s commitment to Innovation, Quality and Service.— Scott Wickersham, Division Vice President & General Manager