It sounds as though Google's Project Loon engineers are coming up with workable solutions a lot faster than anyone may have dreamed.
In a rare sharing of information about Loon on Google+, it was revealed that after initial testing in Wisconsin, Project Loon sent one of its autolaunchers, named Chicken Little, on a working vacation to Puerto Rico. Googlers describe in the post how the balloons are loaded, lifted and set free into the stratosphere.
Chicken Little is one of a number of custom-built, 55-foot tall autolaunch cranes designed to fill, lift and launch its tennis-court sized balloons in less than 30 minutes. "Portable autolaunchers allow us to move our whole operation to places that give us access to favourable wind patterns that can help us provide Internet connectivity around the world," the company said. Article