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  Ballooning into the Sky
The pilot wears a harness, to which a cluster of large, helium-filled balloons are attached.
Control is achieved by releasing ballast to ascend, or by bursting balloons to descend.
Cluster balloons, like all balloons, are aircraft that require skill and training to operate safely.
www.clusterballoon.org   (734 words)

  Weather Forces Down NASA Balloon
Intended as a cheap alternative to rocket-launched satellites, the helium-filled balloon is made from plastic as thin as sandwich wrap.
That balloon was destroyed when controllers brought it down by remote control a few hours into its flight after it sprang a leak.
The balloon is the largest single-chamber, high-pressure balloon ever flown, with a fully inflated diameter of 193 feet (59 meters) and a height of 115 feet (35 meters).
www.space.com /news/spaceagencies/nasa_balloon_010311_wg.html   (341 words)

 Weather Balloon Encyclopedia @ NaturalResearch.org (Natural Research)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The balloon itself produces the lift, and is usually made of a highly flexible latex material (though Chloroprene may also be used).
In North America prior to release the balloon is usually filled with hydrogen (though helium can be used as a substitute) gas.
Weather balloons may reach altitudes of 40 km (25 miles) or more, limited by diminishing pressures causing the balloon to expand to such a degree (typically by a 100:1 factor) that it disintegrates.
www.naturalresearch.org /encyclopedia/Weather_balloon   (367 words)

 Balloon HQ presents: How balloons are made
The strength of balloons can be affected by the pigment if the pigment particle is large in size and interferes with the film continuity and if the pigment reacts with any of the other ingredients in the balloon.
Balloons are printed using several different methods or types of printing depending upon the quantity, balloon size, delivery date, and other factors invloved in the order.
The balloon industry refers to them as "foil" balloons, because they are made of nylon sheet, coated on one side with polyethylene and metallized on the other.
www.balloonhq.com /faq/making.html   (2939 words)

 Balloons in the American Civil War
Because he was forced to inflate the balloon with gas from municipal lines in Washington, D.C (he had not received his funds yet for a portable gas generator), the balloon could not be moved far, which limited operations to the Washington, DC, area.
The second Confederate balloon was constructed of multi-colored silk, which gave rise to the legend that this Confederate balloon was made from silk dresses donated by the ladies of the Confederacy.
This balloon was gas-filled in Richmond, Virginia, and carried to the field by tethering it to a locomotive.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Lighter_than_air/Civil_War_balloons/LTA5.htm   (1469 words)

 NASA Plans Second Balloon Launch
The first prototype helium balloon sprang a leak a few hours after being released Sunday on a voyage to circumnavigate the globe at a height of 20 miles (32 kilometers).
Scientists recovered the balloon, which had a skin as thin as plastic sandwich wrap, but there were few indications as to why it had failed.
The balloon is the largest fully sealed balloon ever flown with a single chamber of air.
www.space.com /news/spaceagencies/nasa_balloon_010307_wg.html   (320 words)

 Home Page - Balloon Museum - City of Albuquerque
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 1, 2005 for the 59,000 square feet facility dedicated to the history, science and art of ballooning and celebrating the high-flying pioneers of this centuries-old sport.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is owned and operated by the Cultural Services Department of the City of Albuquerque and supported by the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Foundation
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is an educational institution of engaging exhibitions and informative programs on the history, science and art of ballooning.
www.cabq.gov /balloon   (281 words)

 NOVA Online | Balloon Race Around The World | History of Ballooning
Above the duck, a balloon, constructed of paper and fabric, provided the lift necessary to carry aloft the duck and its companions, a sheep and a rooster.
Although these early crude balloons were a far cry from today's high-tech contraptions, the science of ballooning and sending humans aloft had begun.
For a good (and entertaining) outline of the early history of ballooning, link to Mark Jervis's write-up but be sure to come back to us to read about the later milestones.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/balloon/science/history.html   (374 words)

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