I am in shock and awe. A new National Geographic show called “How Hard Can It Be?” launched a real-life version of the house from UP this past weekend, using 300 weather balloons to lift the house over 10,000 feet into the air. From My Modern Met:
Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.
The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new NGC series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in Fall 2011.
This is absolutely insane and wonderful. I’m supremely jealous of that guy who got to ride in the house; also, I am now no longer content with ordinary helium balloons. Clearly, 8 foot wide weather balloons are where things are at.
And one more thing to note: this is a brilliant marketing technique by National Geographic for their new show. Everyone will absolutely be clamoring to see more photos and videos of this flight, and with any luck, its going to go viral this week. [Via My Modern Met.]