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StratoBus seeks to occupy the midpoint between airship and satellite

Will be able to hover at an altitude of 20 km (12 miles)
Satellites may be very useful for communications, navigation and other applications, but they’re awfully expensive to build and launch, and once they’re in orbit … well, there’s no reusing them. That’s why a consortium led by Thales Alenia Space is developing the StratoBus. It’s a planned autonomous airship that can be launched like a regular blimp, but that will be able to hover at an altitude of 20 km (12 miles) – that’s up in

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