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Successful Launch of Rocket From High-Altitude Balloon Makes Space More Accessible to Microsatellites

A startup that plans to use high-altitude balloons to deploy rockets has successfully fired a test launch, moving closer to its goal of helping end the backlog of microsatellites that wait months or longer to “hitch” a ride on larger rockets. Leo Aerospace LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated startup based in Los Angeles, launched its first

Alphabet X Solar-Powered Balloons Bringing Internet Service to Puerto Rico

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Google”s parent Alphabet X an experimental license to help get Puerto Rico back online after Hurricane Maria decimated the island”s infrastructure. There are now several of their giant stratospheric “Project Loon” balloons over the island, and they have worked with AT&T and T-Mobile to get communication and internet activities