Fifty Years of Balloon-Borne Ozone Research

The balloon-borne ozonesonde helped NOAA develop knowledge and expertise to find out about the depletion of ozone. In May 1985, scientists with the British Antarctic Survey announced that they had discovered a huge hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. The largest ozone hole area recorded to date was on September 9, 2000, at 11.5 million square miles (29.9 million square kilometers). Scientists had launched the first ozonesonde in 1967 to learn about its distribution…

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Balloon Fleet for Channel Crossing on “GREEN” for April 7th

It’s “GREEN” for the hundred hot air balloon pilots who have been oscillating between “standby” and “amber alerts” since 5th March, in anticipation of favorable weather to cross the English Channel..
Datum RPO, is backing the project and will lead the fleet. Organized by leading aerial marketing specialist Exclusive Ballooning, this mass crossing is set for a Guinness World Record, and will smash the existing world record set in 2011, which had 49 balloons fly across the channel. All the best from The Balloon Journal for a safe and enjoyable flight.

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Exhibition Portrays Birth-of-Flight Era

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sophie Blanchard, became a celebrated balloonist and aeronautical entertainer drawing huge crowds to her balloon-based stunts. As fearless and ambitious as her husband, the famous French ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard, she rode tiny flimsy scaffolds for gondolas that became her style, and she delighted in creating dazzling fireworks, while swinging perilously from the balloon.

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A Recreational Flight to Space in a Modern Balloon?

Ready for the thrill and challenge of a journey to the edge of space? All you need is $75,000 to reserve a seat and a mindset to float up to 100,000 feet under a balloon and enjoy the spectacular views. Among other magnificent panoramas, these vistas include the blackness of space, the starscape above, the curvature of the tiny blue Earth suspended in the universe, and sunrise in real-time!

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Voliris Plans to Bring Airships to the Desert

The French company Voliris made the smallest hybrid airship, which showed success with piloted test flights and landed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now the company is moving on to make similar but larger airships to carry 40-foot containers and cargo up to 30 tons in areas with no infrastructure.

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Experts See Red Flags in Amazon’s Patent for Floating Warehouses

Amazon’s patent for floating warehouses suspended beneath giant blimps at 45,000 feet–and deploying drones from that altitude to deliver your packages–was approved last December. But before we discuss aviation rules and restrictions for deliveries by drones, how does Amazon plan to keep the airship, with its giant warehouse, afloat in the thin air?

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