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Sustainable ballooning to take tourists up into the stratosphere

23/11/2022 Jo Bailey Balloon Ride Innovation

Soaring 35000 meters into the atmosphere might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but thanks to an innovative collaboration between engineers at Expleo and French aeronauts at Stratoflight, thrill-seeking tourists might soon be heading into space abord a balloon assisted space vessel in as little as three years.

International Women’s Day 8th March 2022!

06/03/2022 Jo Bailey Balloon Ride Innovation, Features, Hot Air Balloon History, Hot Air Balloon Stories

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are looking back at some of the most influential women in hot air ballooning. As far back as the late 1700s women have been involved in hot air ballooning. After the Montgolfier brothers demonstrated the first ever tethered flight with humans on board in…

India launches wild hot air balloon adventure

12/01/2021 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

At the end of December, Vijay Shah, the minister of Madhya Pradesh Forest in central India, announced a ground-breaking new aeronautical adventure in

Hot air balloons to take to Venusian skies

29/01/2019 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

Last month, NASA scientists announced their intention to send specially adapted hot air balloons to Venus as part of ongoing international research into the composition of the mysterious orb. Venus is the second planet from

Surprise hot air balloon visit for Gloucester bacon sarnie seller

12/12/2018 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

Local balloon enthusiast Thomas Lee gave Gloucestershire residents something to talk about when he landed in a layby near Dursley in South Gloucestershire last

Weston-super-Mare artist celebrated as award-winning aerial photographer

14/11/2018 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

The winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year for 2018 were announced in mid-October, and local photographer Alex Wolfe-Warman took home the prize for the Urban View award. Now in its 12th year, the

Bad weather scuppers solar balloon record attempt

19/04/2018 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

A team of engineers recently attempted to break the world record for the highest ascent of a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but were foiled by the weather. The solar balloon is

Solar powered balloon visits Bristol school

19/07/2017 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

Schoolchildren at a Bristol-based primary school were given a treat as they were visited by the world’s very first

Google’s hot air balloon project gets boost

28/02/2017 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

Scientists involved in Google’s internet-delivering hot air balloons recently announced a breakthrough in their research, which could bring the final product years closer to becoming a reality. The project – known as Project Loon – is a

Russian balloon breaks world record

13/02/2017 philip Balloon Ride Innovation

Two Russian men have recently broken a 20-year-old record for the longest nonstop hot air balloon flight. Adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov has