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Ballon de Paris
The Ballon Generali is a tethered helium balloon, used as tourist attraction and as an air quality awareness tool. Installed in Paris since 1999 in the Parc André-Citroën, it was created and developed by the French company Aerophile SAS for the celebration of the year 2000. The balloon has lofted more than 500,000 passengers into the sky since its opening.
The balloon, filled with 6,000 m3 (210,000 cu ft) of helium, is attached to the ground with a cable, controlled by an hydroelectric winch. This tourist attraction can board up to 30 passengers (this amounts to around 2,500 kg (5,500 lb)) at 150 m (490 ft) above Paris. It is 32 m (105 ft) high, and has a diameter of 22 m (72 ft).
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