a cylinder 3m long, 3m circumference ; that was about 95cm diameter.
It had quite a success on the beaches during the 1982 summer !
A very simple balloon...
it fly !
Pif Gadget (in french) : 8 pages scanned from the June 1982
The smallest solar balloon!
Built with black plastic trash bags!
It lift 80 grams!
Build it in your living-room !
A solar mini-balloon can be built and
used by childrens.
It can be made in your living-room with everyday materials : adhesive tape,
black plastic trash bags, scissors, etc....
It will demonstrate the possible use of the sun's energies !
A small diameter solar balloon can be used :
- to lift small payload in altitude : scientific measures, instruments, cameras, or test
equipment (astronomy clubs, radio-amateurs,
- for shows, entertainment activities (holidays center, etc.)
- as an teaching tool (middle school, high school, college),
A large diameter solar balloon can be used :
- for human flight,
- to lift heavy payloads in altitude,
Solar balloons used for human flight are fitted with a valve at the top, rotation panels
and ballast bags. They can also be fitted with
altitude regulation, by electronically opening and closing the valve
at the top of the balloon .