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Balloon-Based Internet: Revolutionising Connectivity

The concept of using helium filled balloons for communication and internet connectivity has gained renewed attention in recent years. Companies like Alphabet's Loon, SpaceX, and Facebook are developing balloon-based communication systems to provide internet access to remote and underserved areas. Balloons equipped with transmitters and receivers are launched into the stratosphere, where they can stay aloft for months and cover large areas. This technology offers numerous advantages, including the ability to connect areas lacking traditional infrastructure, low cost compared to traditional methods, flexibility for emergency situations, and potential applications in various industries. However, challenges such as maintaining stable connections, cost and environmental concerns remain. Despite these challenges, balloon-based communication systems hold great promise in expanding internet access and essential services globally.

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