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South Dakota company part of Google project
Associated Press - October 10, 2017

Sioux Falls, SD (AP) – Huge balloons made by a South Dakota company are headed to Puerto Rico where they’ll provide crucial cellular service to the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted a temporary license to Google to deploy the experimental high-altitude balloons, called Project Loon, in the skies above Puerto Rico.  The balloons are made by Raven Industries and its Aerostar Division based in Sioux Falls, SD.

Project Loon’s network of solar-powered balloons beams cell signals down from about 12 miles above the ground.

Hurricane Maria knocked out about 82 percent of cell sites in Puerto Rico.



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