Internet blimps are coming to Zanzibar. But can a UK company succeed where Google failed? – CNN

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I wonder who gets the amazing task of filling a 70km balloon full of helium every 2 weeks. How much is helium btw?


Google didn’t fail, the juice just wasn’t worth the squeeze any longer. It started as a “moonshot” but was about as profitable as a normal company, not a Google scale money maker. Also, Loon wasn’t as profitable as advances in other technologies in their portfolio (see Taara).


I was an engineer on a company that deployed these over a crisis zone. Within a week signals from the radios attached to the balloons were hundreds of miles away from the country they were intended for. 10/10 bad business idea