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Apr 30, 2015 02:37 PM

Chinese Firm Tests Balloon for a Wireless High

A balloon launched by Google in New Zealand in June 2013
A balloon launched by Google in New Zealand in June 2013

(Beijing) – A Chinese aerospace supplier is following the lead of American search engine Google by preparing to test a WiFi transmission system that relies on high-altitude balloons to reach remote areas.

Shenzhen-based and Hong Kong-listed Kuang-Chi Science Ltd. plans to test the balloons in the skies above New Zealand before July, some two years after Google's Project Loon sent 30 balloons sailing into the stratosphere over that country as part of a WiFi service experiment.

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