Can a house really fly?
The Disney / Pixar film “Up” was a wonderful experience as all animated films are, that stretches the imagination and congers up impossible feats only limited by the computer graphic team’s collective talent. After all how could a house be lifted clean off its foundations by a mass of helium balloons!
Well as is the norm in TV programmes like “Mythbusters” and “How do they do it” the team at a new reality show “How hard can it be?” set about seeing if they could lift a house in real life with helium balloons.
Well it turns out if you take 300 helium filled balloons (2.5 metre high balloons) you can lift a small house (28 m2) right up to 10,000 feet!
Sadly the balloon powered house did not make it to South America and the legendary “Paradise Falls” – it managed a rather shorter one hour flight!
Here is a video of the background and first flight of the balloon house – complete details will be shown on the National Geographic channel sometime soon.