New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

On November 20, 2004 one Russian guy, Vitaly Kulikov, set a new world record for highest ever flight. He reached a height of 5470 m on a bunch of 800 toy balloons filled with helium. Thus, Vitaly broke the record of three years ago belonging to Ian Ashpole and included in the Guinness Book of Records. The Englishman managed to reach a height of only 3350 m. Besides, he couldn’t land his “aircraft” and had to use a parachute.

Kulikov’s flight was a greater success, even though it took place in really extreme conditions – a terrible blizzard struck on that day. The wind speed near the ground was more than 160 km/h. Even planes don’t fly in such weather. They are simply blown away from the strip…

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

That’s how a takeoff ground looked in November.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

The MAZ with helium.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

From Vitaly’s words: “One day, I wanted to do something cool and I thought: why not to fly on balloons? The physics of the process was clear and simple to me as I was a physicist. All that I needed to know for the calculations was the density of air and hydrogen. The difference between them gives the value of the lift.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

“I started to choose balloons. They had to satisfy two conditions: to be strong and as cheap as possible. The purchase of all equipment required about $6.500 and I decided not to bother sponsors and finance the project independently. Thank God, my salary allowed me to do this.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

“I started to develop the project. I learned on the Internet that some Ian Ashpole had already flown on toy balloons and even set a world record. At first I thought “What a bummer! I won’t be the first man who set a record for flying on balloons” but then I realized that this wasn’t actually that bad as I could export and optimize some of his ideas.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

‘But the main thing that I found out was that people flew exactly as I imagined. The fear that something wouldn’t work has gone.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

“The first flight took place on September 25, 2004. I reached a height of 400 meters holding on 360 balloons filled with hydrogen, was in the air for 25 minutes and landed safely 8.5 km far from the launch pad. The flight gave me an enormous experimental material. After it I was absolutely sure that I would break Ashpole’s record.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

“By November everything was ready for the second flight. I decided to replace hydrogen with helium. Fortunately, I found a sponsor who provided me with the required amount of it. Initially, there were 1300 balloons and 60 gas cylinders. A team of 15 people assembled my “aircraft” for more than 6 hours. About 100 balloons were blown away.”

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

Automatic unloading.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

At first, a bunch of balloons was tied to the device driven in the ground.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

Then it was decided to tie  it to the MAZ. The driver was seriously concerned about his car…

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

Vitaly instructs people how to properly inflate the balloons. At this time there were much more onlookers than at the previous one.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

The weather was getting worse with each passing hour…

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

The wind literally knocked down those who dragged a bunch of 10 balls…

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

The main bunch was becoming bigger and bigger.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

Vitaly’s going to take off.

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

4 thoughts on “New Balloon Record Set In Russia!”

  1. That must of been freaky listening to the balloons pop while he was high in the air and not knowing where the wind would toss him. But it had to of been a fun ride until he hit the trees.

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