Hydrogen Balloons Launched in North Carolina

by Dan Grossman on March 3, 2011

Two hydrogen-inflated passenger balloons were launched in North Carolina two weeks ago, on February 16, 2011.

News story from the Statesville, North Carolina Record & Landmark

Two YouTube videos of the launch:

[Warning: annoying and unnecessary background music]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk6HN03jV1s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dirf-qzgcIM&

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R Price February 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Helium and hydrogen both have the same lift potential . hydrogen ways half as much as helium givving it a big wate advantige
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BL , Hudson June 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hydrogen Is still our best bet and with the use the new anti static poymers. Should be able to come back, safely and bigger than ever..

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Ken Millard May 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

H2 has its benefits, and problems. One problem is that the molecule can migrate through some fabrics that He would not go through.
H2 has about four times the lift of He.
One thought would be: encase an inner H2 balloon within a larger He balloon, or, at least isolate the people and vital flight capabilities from the H2.
Certifications: beats me. Do they even have distinctions between different-lighter-than-air gases?

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Bubba Hoggit October 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Um, four times the lift? Where you gettin’ that from?

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ZZ March 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Yeah, or some stray static electricity or an “act of God”.

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M L Hopp March 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

I ponder how they got the certification to fly with hydrogen. However, I do agree with the principle: Hydrogen will have to be used again for lighter than air craft. Helium, as wonderful a gas as it is, is getting expensive. By and large, hydrogen is the only other choice if LTA is to survive…

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ZZ March 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Hydrogen? Isn’t that like, suicide?

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J. James March 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hydrogen isn’t suicide, unless those balloons are expecting a lot of incindiary AA fire…

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