‘Up’ really takes off

Do you remember the house in Up? Well it really does fly!

A team of people at the National Geographic Channel decided to put the Pixar movie, Up, to the test by launching a house under a cluster of brightly coloured helium balloons – and it worked!

The purpose-built, 907 kilogram house took to the skies over the Californian desert aided by three hundred weather balloons. From top to bottom, the whole ‘aircraft’ measured ten stories high and reached an altitude of ten thousand feet, setting a world record for the largest balloon cluster flight. And yes, there were people on board (but not Carl Fredricksen and Russell).

Don’t get any ideas – according to National Geographic Channel team member Paul Carson, getting the house to float was “very difficult actually.”

Before the Up house there was Jonathan R. Trappe’s Up flying chair – read about it here.

(via Cool Hunter)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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