Google turns to France’s space agency for Project Loon expertise

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Google isn’t the only one with a thing for balloons. The company announced a partnership with France’s space agency Thursday that will focus on developing internet-carrying balloons that could someday connect the more remote corners of the world.

Google has been working on the balloons, called Project Loon, since 2011. The solar-powered balloons, which are blown around the Earth by wind while sitting in the stratosphere, can beam internet service to anywhere and are much easier and cheaper to launch than satellites. If Google goes through with its plans, it could suddenly have 4 billion more people available to use its services.

The space agency, CNES, has spent the last 30 years researching balloons, which also have applications in weather monitoring and particle physics, with a staff of around 60 people. It will put that to work helping Google develop its next group of balloons.

In exchange, Google will aid CNES on…

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