Balloon House Takes Flight

Courtesy of National Geographic Channel
Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Inspired by Up from Disney/Pixar, National Geographic’s “How Hard Can It Be?” television series transformed fiction into reality when they constructed and flew a 16×16 ft house with 300 balloons.

Taking two weeks from initial assignment to actual flight a team of scientist, engineers, and balloon pilots flew the small house with people on board for one hour at 10,000 feet.

A video and more photographs following the break.

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From foundation to top balloon stretched over 10 stories high and the balloons themselves are 8ft tall when inflated. The 300 balloons that it took to fly the house set a new world record for largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

Source: NGC

Courtesy of National Geographic Channel
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Cite: Kelly Minner. "Balloon House Takes Flight" 19 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/121243/balloon-house-takes-flight/>