real life version of the balloon floating house from up
 
real life version of the balloon floating house from up
mar 08, 2011

real life version of the balloon floating house from up

national geographic’s TV series ‘how hard can it be?’ launches a small house into flight using only balloons

in a project organized by national geographic, a team of engineers, scientists, and balloon pilots transformed fiction into reality when they launched a small house into the skies, modeled after the pixar film ‘up’.

complete with people onboard, the house was lifted 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) into the air, and flew for about one hour.

real life version of the balloon floating house from up the house taking off

from concept to flight, the entire project was realized over the course of two weeks as a feature for national geographic’s new television series ‘how hard can it be?’.

the engineers discovered that floating a full-size house is in fact an extremely difficult task. the structure that they built for the project is 16 feet square, weighing about 2,000 pounds and carrying about 600 pounds of crew.

each of the three hundred balloons used an entire tank of helium to inflate to eight feet tall. together the balloons measure over ten stories, realizing a world record for largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted.

real life version of the balloon floating house from up the team finished construction on the house and inflated and assembled the balloons overnight

real life version of the balloon floating house from up left: view of the balloons above, as seen from within the house right: three hundred balloons, each measuring 8 feet tall when inflated, were used for the project

real life version of the balloon floating house from up process shot

real life version of the balloon floating house from up

national geographic’s documentation of the project

via dailymail

  • neat, beautiful, but sort of a waste of helium, which is in shortening supply and is not renewable…

    sci.phys
  • Kinda fun but are they desperate for content?! (Party pooper-I wish we could focus our creative intellect on solving oil dependance…)

    remember easter island
  • That’s just hilarious. I almost feel tempted to try this on my own house!

    But seriously, I also wonder about the landing. It can’t be easy to land with such thing.

    Jay B.
  • Love the idea! Where did the house land?

    waichita
  • I would love to wander out my front door and see this floating in the sky!

    Sparky
  • nothing is impossible! congratz!

    NK
  • and how does it goes down?

    i loved it.

    Paula Plee
  • How did it land, and how did they orient it in the air?? using the normal Balloons techniques??! I wonder!

    Revancha Cortez
  • It’s not cheesy. It was modelled after the one in the movie ‘Up’. I think it’s quite inspired, if not a wee bit dangerous!

    Leslie Wilson-Rutterford
  • Too bad it was such a cheesy house! But it seems like a lot of fun to try.

    David Cacho

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