[Updated on 7 March 2011] – Watch an exclusive video of the floating house at the end of the post!
This is awesome! The team from National Geographic have created a real-life “balloon-house” version of Pixar’s animated hit film, Up. Yes, a house tied to gas balloons that actually flies.
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 “Up” floating house will be part of a new National Geographic TV series called “How Hard Can It Be?” which will premiere in fall 2011. Meanwhile, browse the pics of the making of the “Up” house below… And watch video at the end of the post!