The Royal Navy has unveiled a vision of what the British fleet could look like in the future, including an enormous flying drone station based in the stratosphere. The concept for the flying drone station involves attaching an enormous helium balloon sitting in the upper stratosphere, which the proposal suggests could be covered in material that would collect solar energy for power. Along with its myriad of features and uses, it is crucial to note the spike in helium demand this would lead to. To sustain this kind of a “weaponized flying ship”, which would soon be imitated by nations across the world, will require at least a 20-30% jump in the current market size of helium.
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