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That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 22, 2014 - 35 comments

The behavior of a tethered helium balloon in a forward-moving van

The van goes forward, the balloon goes--wait a second. But truly, the cool balloon physics is the least terrific thing about this video. From Smarter Every Day. [slyt | via] Previously and previouslier
posted by jwhite1979 on Apr 22, 2014 - 95 comments

Can you inflate the balloon in the form of a kitten?

Of course I can, I'm an expert.
posted by Brent Parker on Apr 1, 2014 - 65 comments

Watch that space.

You should try slacklining. You could maybe try highlining. You should definitely not try the Balloon highline. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Feb 6, 2014 - 23 comments

Maps

Open data from balloon and kite photography
posted by aniola on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 comments

It's so loony, it might work

Project Loon: Google is testing an Internet access system mediated by stratospheric balloons. They are starting in New Zealand with 30 balloons.
posted by grouse on Jun 14, 2013 - 59 comments

Meet the Skywhale

2013 is the centenary of the establishment of Canberra, and to mark the occasion the ACT Government has commissioned a piece of art to embody the true spirit of the city: the Skywhale (video; official site; parental advisory warning: huge inflatable mutant whale nudity). By former Canberra resident Patricia Piccinini (site loads random picture; not guaranteed SFW), the Skywhale has attracted predictable controversy.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks on May 9, 2013 - 55 comments

Felix Baumgartner

The Man Who Pierced the Sky. "When Felix Baumgartner [autoplays sound] set out to make a living by stunt jumping—from cliffs, buildings, and bridges—the young Austrian had no idea where it would take him: to a pressurized capsule nearly 24 miles above New Mexico, last October 14, preparing to free-fall farther than any man in history, and at supersonic speed. Detailing Baumgartner’s quest, William Langewiesche explores what drove him to ever greater heights."
posted by homunculus on Apr 9, 2013 - 17 comments

Getting high

Flying a radio-controlled glider back from near space. How to do it yourself.
posted by pjern on Mar 11, 2013 - 25 comments

There and Back Again Kitty

Lauren Rojas, a 12 year old from California, sent Hello Kitty on a return trip to the stratosphere (over 28 kilometres above the Earth) and recorded the results.
posted by rollick on Feb 5, 2013 - 41 comments

Stanley in Space

Dad sends his son's favourite train, Stanley, into space
posted by jontyjago on Sep 21, 2012 - 44 comments

Back again, in 1/128 size.

A Space Shuttle flies again.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 4, 2012 - 24 comments

One Giant Leap For Tiny Plastic Mankind

A pair of Toronto high school students sent a Lego man into space two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by mhoye on Jan 25, 2012 - 31 comments

Transatlantic Amateur Balloon

The CNSP-11 balloon from the California Near Space Project, launched from the west coast of the U.S., is now approaching the coast of Africa at 110,000 feet and 152 miles per hour. You can also follow the project on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 comments

Turns out balloon hats connect us all

Universality "Laughter sounds the same in every language" [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Oct 3, 2011 - 30 comments

A veritable balloon menagerie

Balloon twisting is more than ballon animals. If you get really good, you can make life-sized dinosaur skeleton replicas, complex alien flora and fauna, or intricate scenes with thousands of balloons. It all starts with learning how to twist and shape balloons. If reading diagrams doesn't work for you, there are plenty of tutorial videos online.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 comments

Explorations of a Recreational Mathematician

Let's say you're me and you're in math class, and you're supposed to be learning about factoring. Trouble is, your teacher is too busy trying to convince you that factoring is a useful skill for the average person to know with real-world applications ranging from passing your state exams all the way to getting a higher SAT score and unfortunately does not have the time to show you why factoring is actually interesting. It's perfectly reasonable for you to get bored in this situation. So like any reasonable person, you start doodling. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 3, 2010 - 27 comments

Up in the air

The balloon was launched at 5:37pm (PST) from Oxnard, CA and reached an altitude of 125,000 feet snapping photos and recording video along the way.
posted by sgt.serenity on Jun 23, 2010 - 43 comments

I Can See Your House From Here

"Grassroots maps" made by people with digital cameras and helium balloons.
posted by Miko on Apr 21, 2010 - 16 comments

Near-space Balloon Photos

The Icarus Project is Robert Harrison's " home brew project to send a camera high into the stratosphere to take pictures of the Earth from near space". Found via this AskMe answer; previously there was Project Icarus, with a similar goal.
posted by TedW on Apr 20, 2010 - 14 comments

Drat the luck!

A man, a balloon and bad luck. (SLYT) A man records himself trying to get into an enormous balloon. His running commentary is Frink like.
posted by zerobyproxy on Mar 15, 2010 - 63 comments

UP

"Authorities were scouring the skies Thursday for a 6-year-old boy who unhooked his family's experimental balloon-powered aircraft and floated away from home, sheriff's officials said."
posted by empath on Oct 15, 2009 - 1463 comments

Lauching a HD video camera into space using a balloon.

Lauching a HD video camera into space using a balloon. And retrieving it in one piece.
posted by Jimbob on Sep 23, 2009 - 38 comments

BLAST

A "Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope" ( BLAST) has made 2 science flights. The documentry Blast! is as much about science as it is about the crazy life of scientists. [more inside]
posted by kudzu on Jul 20, 2009 - 5 comments

Up, Up, and Away

The 56-Euros-and-a-balloon teenage Catalonian space program.
posted by digaman on Mar 17, 2009 - 37 comments

Puffy

Jason Hackenwerth's balloon twisting sculptures
posted by chuckdarwin on Oct 17, 2008 - 17 comments

And as she was a little girl, of course she was... pink

The Story of Blossom the Brave Balloon.
posted by dersins on Jan 15, 2008 - 12 comments

No, not THAT kind of baloon organ...

Surely this must be a double, right? I mean, you've got this great and strange program, Addi's Inflatable Minute, and this incredibly strange but somewhat haunting instrument and its all in one You Tube Link? People don't actually make this sort of content in real life, do they?
posted by Ogre Lawless on Jan 11, 2008 - 30 comments

The Mystery of Andree

In 1897, pioneering Swedish balloonist Salomon August Andrée and two companions took off for the north pole in a hot air balloon. In 1930 their bodies were found, along with records of their expedition. This archive of newspaper articles tells their story. (So does Wikipedia, of course.) Many of the photos they took are here, along with a lot of text in Polish that I can't read any more than most of you can, so don't come complaining to me.
posted by dersins on Oct 8, 2007 - 12 comments

Bre and his friends make things.

Bre and his friends make things like space ballons. Sometimes they launch them and are unable to find them. Although the project has been abandoned the videos are very informative and show what amazing things a small team with a little money and off-the-self technology could do. Earlier this year a Canadian team had success with their space balloon and got some amazing aerial photos.
posted by damn dirty ape on Oct 7, 2007 - 9 comments

Balloons for the hell of it

The latest launch of the amateur enthusiast group Southern Alberta Balloon Launch Experiments was a success.
posted by Burhanistan on Aug 30, 2007 - 31 comments

Rent a ...

These days, you don't have to be rich to have all the right stuff, at least for the night. Going deep or flying high, these days you don't have to be rich, to pretend. Just a good credit card, and no thought for the future.
posted by nomisxid on Jul 19, 2007 - 8 comments

Gonna leave this world for a while

Gonna free fall out into nothin' YouTube has several videos of Joe Kittinger's skydive from a balloon at 102,800 feet. Earlier this year Colonel Kittinger described the jump at a meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society (Named after this guy.) [via; more inside]
Previous post with more info.
posted by kirkaracha on May 24, 2007 - 29 comments

Balloon popping photography at the Maker Faire

Here's a set of some great balloon popping photography from the Maker Faire this past weekend. My favorites: 1, 2, 3
posted by soplerfo on May 22, 2007 - 19 comments

WWII Japanese Balloon Bombs

Huge gently floating bombs made their way across the pacific below balloons using the high altitude jet streams floated to the Americas during WWII. Kept secret for most of the war, you can read about their amazing history here.
posted by lee on May 6, 2007 - 37 comments

"That's 35 *weather balloons*" "Uh" *Weather balloons!*" "Uhh, roger!"

In 1982 "Lawnchair" Larry Walters tied about 40-45 4' helium-filled weather balloons to a Sears lawnchair and launched himself from San Pedro, California to rise to over 16,000 feet. Here is the audio recording of the CB communications of that flight, available with much more information from this page via markbarry.com.
(Warnings: Audio is Real Audio - use Real Alternative. First half of audio may contain recordings of extremely panicked and strident girlfriend.)
posted by loquacious on Dec 23, 2006 - 31 comments

Balloon In Space (Nearly)

Project Nova: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs during its three hour flight, some showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
posted by jack_mo on Sep 23, 2006 - 24 comments

pop

Airigami, the art of folding air in specially prepared latex containers includes the flying octopus, giant soccer players, and many others. [via growabrain]
posted by Armitage Shanks on Apr 12, 2006 - 10 comments

I Got Your 'One Giant Leap' Right Here

"It was the quickest way down." On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped from a helium balloon at 102,800 feet, over 19 miles up. After free-falling for four and a half minutes and reaching 614 MPH, almost breaking the sound barrier, he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet and landed safe and sound after an almost 14 minute descent. He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest freefall and fastest speed by a man through the atmosphere. [more inside]
"I didn't hear a sonic boom; I didn't even hear any whooshing or whistling of the wind. But when I flipped over and looked back at my balloon, it sure was an eerie sight--the sky was black as night but I was bathed in sunshine."

posted by kirkaracha on Mar 26, 2006 - 48 comments

Giant M&M on Turkey Day Rampage

Balloon crashes and injures two people at Macy's Parade. A giant M&M balloon broke loose in the wind and crashed into a light pole at yesterday's Thanksgiving Parade in New York, knocking the light into a crowd and injuring two people. NBC, the network broadcasting the parade, was the only news crew that did not report the event, instead, cutting to a clip of the balloon from last year.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 25, 2005 - 23 comments

Darth Vader AND Butter

Darth Vader Butter Sculpture. This was featured at the Tulsa State Fair, as one their annual butter scultpures. We've got Darth on our minds, right up there with the ultimate father figure while still making the usual dorky fan art (balloons, balloon masks).
posted by beezy on Oct 25, 2005 - 21 comments

Trying to make some sense of it all.....

Mr. Blonde's "Interrogation" (direct link to video) recreated with balloons.
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posted by fenriq on Aug 17, 2005 - 21 comments

urballoon

Urballoon: "a balloon equipped with a projector and wireless connection to the web that enables people to submit content online and broadcast it in public spaces." Today's the last day to submit for projection in NY.
posted by dobbs on Oct 3, 2004 - 4 comments

Buy Stephen Hawking's balloon basket

Balloon basket for sale. Low mileage. Only used by possibly the smartest man on the planet. [via linkdump]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Nov 13, 2003 - 17 comments

rogue balloon

escaped robo balloon will we be seeing more of this in coming years? this story is amusing - and perhaps a caution? via the always good yewnkee.com
posted by specialk420 on Jul 16, 2003 - 5 comments

hats made of balloons

Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert travel around the world, photographing people wearing their spur-of-the-moment, whimsical balloon hats. It's hard not to smile when you have an inflatable, multi-colored crown on your head. Via obsessive Magnificent Obsessions.
posted by iconomy on Dec 3, 2002 - 21 comments

Hot air balloons!

Hot air balloons! Great site out of Belgium with a database of 850 balloons from all over the world, from panda bears (Japan) to yellow submarines (Russia), and including multiple versions of such shapes as Humpty Dumpty, Tony theTiger, and (especially) liqour bottles. And check out the album. Any balloonists out there?
posted by ferris on Dec 26, 2001 - 12 comments

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