Sasha,s Long Rainge Hot Air Balloon

About: think i know it all but at least i realy think, and like einsien i do not beleave in the freedom of will im not that arogant. law makers beleave in free choise but i beleave in cause and effect, we are all ...

this instucterble is based on ewilhelms most exelent instructerble with a few added benifits.
recomend you do not release it with in the flight path of your local air port coz this baby goes realy high.
and in the right conditions wont come down till the sun is down as once the fuel has gone the sun seems to heat the black plastic enuff to keep it up.

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Step 1: Bits N Peaces U Need

beg borrow or steal two of the largest, thinest (crinkly noisey stuff) bin liners you can get, thick plastik may be to heavy.
cut the bottom from one befor compleatly unfolding for straitest cut and tape them together with light packing tape to create the envolope of ballon.
with strips of balsa wood make a large capital letter I shape to fit tightly in mouth of envolope, use pins to hold in place while you adjust for tight fit, remove and glue.
should be an aproxamate sqaure.
put a long needle threw middel of balsa frame with alumium foilglued in place to prevent fire .
couple bits of tape at each corner is enuff to hold envolope in place.

Step 2: More Stuff

get come old cans remove tops n bottoms and tape in a row to make a tin pipe (unless u have a tin pipe) and another tin with bottom intact but bang a few holes in sides near bottom throw in about 3 fire starter blocks and ignite.
hold tin pipe above burning can as if to close it sucks air threw fuel and burns to hot and acts like a big blow torch.
wrap some thing around pipe to protect hands pipe gets bit hot.
use pipe to direct heat into envolope to save fuel for flight.
then i stick a row of 4 fire lighters on needle and ignite about half way down while still heating with pipe.

Step 3: Release Time!

the fire lighters should be well alight befor release.
the one in this pic showed no sighns of coming back down, may be the sun heated the plastic after fuel was gone and it just kept going so we were unable to recover it.
if your chasing in a car make shore the driver drives and some one else is the spotter.

Step 4: Last Seen Heading for Australia

it was a perfectly still day but it went so high it reached a slip stream and took off at a very fast rate.
have fun!

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    21 Discussions


    12 years ago on Introduction

    This caught my eye as I was a volunteer crewman for a hot air balloon company last year, but upon reading it, I have several SERIOUS problems with it: 1 - Clearly, no proofreading was done on the text. 2 - Sending several square meters of plastic into the air to come-down "who-knows-where" is a good example of environmental negligence. 3 - The potential liability of using firelighters on an uncontrolled platform makes there use irresponsible. It's so easy to cause a grass, brush, or forest fire which can kill people, destroy property, a produce huge environmental damage.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have to agree with safety issues addressed in this post....consider tethering the balloon and use the opportunity to teach safety AND Leave No Trace practices to your buddies and the kids with you. (Fire extinguishers were where?) Glad you shared your experiment and methods. Look like you had a great time and hopefully you will take these well intended suggestions as ways to make your next ballooning jaunt safer AND more enjoyable for all.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    how could you set up a small, lightweight GPS system? One that either records coordinates and can be plugged int o a computer, or some sort of lng range wireless streaming. I smell an instructable......

    dan and konrimar2000

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    nice. what you could do to be able to pull it down or not loose track of it is attach a fishing pole or kite string to it, so when you want to pull it down you can.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    How much weight can it lift? Obviously not a lot, but can you give me an extimate? Furthermore, ignore the snipers. I found this instructable very interesting. I was actually linked here from another site :D


    12 years ago on Step 4

    I can see one of these on mars. Woot! Replace the fire starters with some ammonium nitrate and sugar... so it burns without air... fills the whole thing with hot CO2, releases, and carries a camera aloft for days... without having to carry pressurized hydrogen or helium... suhweet! maybe put a camera or something on it, to record or even transmit home... and maybe a gps logger... that would be awesome!

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    *sigh* I know. GPS only works on or near Earth. Specifically, the satellites don't whir, they simply orbit. There's no air up there, so no whirring sound. Not even a swoosh from Nike. Not yet anyhow. There is a constellation of satellites on Mars, however... they all speak the same language, and can distance-find using one another's radio signals. So, it wouldn't be a Garmin system, but you could sure use a GPS like system on Mars. More specifically, this guy who posted the instructable could duct tape a GPS receiver with a data logger to the bottom of the thing, and see how far and where it went... A-La-Radiosonde GPS on mars... bah!

    If and when we move people to Mars permanently I don't doubt that MPS (Mars Positioning Satellites {I just made that up}) satellites that double as Iridium sat phone type comm sats will be one of the first projects no doubt. Hmm..I could write a SciFi story. OP that is a cool balloon. We made one when I was a kid out of a clear drycleaning bag with candles in it. PD got calls about the UFO.

    rc jedi

    12 years ago on Introduction

    That eeeeww effffoh flew riiiight over mi howse. Them aalleuns did probing on mi pirate parts. Dat is whii ih cnt smell too good. sorry, couldn't help myself. I actually made consistant "D"s in spelling and grammer in school. The balloon ROCKS though. Nightflight!


    true i cant spell, but should spelling ever become the mesure of a man ill go for a gender reasighnment and spend the rest of my days ragging on every one elses lives. as for safety or enviromental isuses it is up to indervidals to make their own choises and or safety tests re: the "not liable" section. do feel free to boost your ego,s over my bad spelling if it is all you have to fight off depresion and suicide. ;-)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    The plastic is very concerning. Can clog the guts of marine charismatic macrofauna. I use tissue paper. Works well. Cheers!

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, and how long do the fightlighters burn. Do they present a fire hazard if the balloon goes down to soon. But I do like the way you are involved with your kids building something and teaching them these things. I hope they have seen this instructable on the WWW. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.