Gallery: Bloon: Zero2Infinity Proposes Eco Friendly Near-Space Travel W...

 
Privatized space travel is all the rage right now, and with at least one commercial space port coming online soon, there is likely to be a rush of well-to-doers looking to be launched into space. But if airline travel has a big footprint, space travel has an even greater footprint. To solve that conundrum, Barcelona-based Zero2Infinity has proposed a far more environmentally sound way to get to space - via helium balloon. The Bloon Balloon is a specially crafted pod that is lifted into near space without any propellants, noise or emissions. So far the company has successfully tested scaled prototypes to altitudes up to 33km, and they expects to perform their first human test flight sometime in 2012.

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  1. CyborgSix August 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Maybe they could locate to some where with little to no air traffic (seems like they would have to anyway), keep the “Bloon” tethered and reel it back at the end.

  2. caeman August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    With Helium reserves a finite and shrinking resource, maybe another form near-space travel should be considered.

  3. Bardsworld August 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    So using vast amounts of a non-renewable resource (helium) for pleasure trips is green? Do they not know the world is running out of helium – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-the-world-is-running-out-of-helium-2059357.html

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