Incredibly long balloon flight achieved by Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo

Source: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI – fai.org

What a fantastic performance! Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo have just landed after spending more than 55 hours in the air.

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Airlander Flight Deck Repairs Complete and Testing Underway

Source: Hybrid Air Vehicles – hybridairvehicles.com

The Airlander team is pleased to announce that the structural damage sustained to the Flight Deck during its second Test Flight last August has now been repaired.  Following this successful repair of the Flight Deck structure, Airlander is now structurally complete ahead of Hangar Exit and resuming the Flight Test Program.  A rigorous testing and training program has now commenced to prepare for Airlander taking to the skies again.

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World View to fly weather radar on stratospheric balloon

Source: Space News – spacenews.com

By Jeff Foust

World View Enterprises, the Arizona company developing high-altitude balloons for research and eventually tourism, plans to conduct a test flight of a weather radar on one of its balloons later this year.

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The Highest Jump

Source: Air & Space Magazine – airspacemag.com

By Mark Betancourt

The computer scientist who pulled off a world-record skydive is still wondering: Could it be done from orbit?

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Frozen in time: A look at ill-fated balloon journey to the Arctic

Source: Albuquerque Journal – abqjournal.com

By Rick Nathanson

Between the years 1550 and 1900, more than 500 people were lost or killed trying to get to the North Pole, mostly by sailing ships or pulled on sledges by dogs or Siberian ponies.

But in 1897, three fearless and forward-thinking adventurers from Sweden, attempting to become the first to successfully cross that Arctic holy grail, set off on an expedition via the never-before-tried conveyance of a gas balloon.

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