Google's 'loony' way of granting remote web access gets off ground

Project Loon workers prepare to float as many as 30 balloons above Christchurch in New Zealand, in this photo from Google. Photo: EPA

Google revealed top-secret plans yesterday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the global population now without web access.

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Nine Hong Kong tourists die in Egypt balloon fire

Nine Hong Kong tourists were killed on Tuesday when hot air balloon exploded as it was flying over Egypt’s ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

5 injured as balloon ride at Ocean Park crashes

A giant helium balloon plunged 20 metres, injuring five people, at Ocean Park in Aberdeen yesterday afternoon.

Among those injured was a mainland woman who was on the ground when he was hit on the head by the SkyStar balloon - measuring 22 metres in diameter - that fell outside its designated landing site.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Inflatable couture

Give 1,200 balloon tubes to clowns, and they will twist them into an endless series of dogs, cats, bears and dolphins - much to the delight of children.

Give them to Phoebe Chan Kin-pui, though, and she'll weave only a single item out of them. But it's an item you can wear for your prom.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Here comes the bride, with 300 balloons

Of all the ways to take your vows with wows, few could match walking down the aisle in a wedding dress made of balloons.

And in Hong Kong, where weddings are no small affairs, brides-to-be seeking that extra lift are looking to Phoebe Chan Kin-pui.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Living it up

It's 4.15am, an ungodly hour anywhere - but when you're on holiday in a tropical island idyll in the South Pacific, it is veritably demonic. Nevertheless, 15 minutes later I am waiting groggily outside my hotel to be picked up by Adrenalin, Fiji's biggest adventure tour company.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Air heads

'You're going loony?' my mother says when I announce I'm going ballooning. Probably because ballooning is such an offbeat pastime, everyone I tell initially mishears or does a double-take before responding with envy. Clearly, we are suckers for the idea of gracing the sky in a luminous vehicle redolent of a calmer, cleaner age.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Frontier's protest plans deflated

The Frontier's planned three-pronged protest via land, sea and air tomorrow over what it calls a 'farcical election' has been blunted by police, who have refused to give way on their restrictions.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Hunk of burning love

Hardly have the Christmas baubles been packed away when, in typical Hong Kong fashion, it's time to hop on board the commercial lurve wagon that is Valentine's Day. An early press release from the Royal Garden Hotel in Kowloon is advertising for luvvy-duvvy couples to come to their 'Make your wish come true this Valentine's Day' buffets - with an added twist.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The Event


Colourful clowns, stilt walkers, balloon twisters and cyclists entertain crowds. Today and Oct 9, 4pm-6pm, Open Piazza, Times Square, Causeway Bay, free. Inquiries: 2118 8900

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Helium and high spirits mark birth of a flagship

A giant video-balloon from Paris, fireworks and a high-voltage party for more than 1,000 guests marked last night's official opening of Lane Crawford at Two IFC.

3 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Ballooning cost no bar to luxury bash

Timed to coincide with the two-day IHT Luxury Conference, which started yesterday, Lane Crawford is expected to throw a mean party tonight on Podium 4 of Two IFC in celebration of its new flagship store.

2 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Diesel party fuels fears in flight path

Diesel has become the first fashion house to throw a party at the West Kowloon Helipad, and considering the huge turnout for its crazy event, the venue will likely appear on many invitation cards in the future.

29 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

A century in photographs

South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens.

13 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Record-breaking balloonist back to earth with bump

Fourteen days, 19 hours and 51 minutes after setting off around the world in his giant silver balloon, American adventurer Steve Fossett came down to earth with a bump in the Australian Outback yesterday, battling strong winds, a rough landing and a fire which threatened to incinerate him.

5 Jul 2002 - 12:00am