Thales Alenia Space is to take a “minority stake” in Airstar Aerospace, a company with know-how in balloon envelopes, in a bid to advance its Stratobus telecommunications airship project. Grenoble, France-based Airstar in 2015 acquired a division of Zodiac Marine and has thus benefited from decades of experience in stratospheric balloons that are used as probes for high-atmosphere research. It therefore has expertise in how materials behave at such altitudes and how to manage ...

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