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from http://venturebeat.com/ 1001 days ago


Google today shared an update from Project Loon, the company’s initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day.

This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.

Google also shared some other interesting statistics. Project Loon balloons have now collectively flown 3 million kilometers (about 1.86 million miles). That distance is equivalent to going around the Earth about 75 times, or traveling to the moon and back nearly four times over.

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