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High-tech balloons could scout for infrasound signals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Balloon-borne sensors could be used to detect infrasound signals generated by extraterrestrial debris such as meteorites, researchers have found. Infrasound signals are low-frequency sound waves that can't be heard by humans. These sounds can remain strong as they travel over large distances, making them useful for determining the location and size of events such as nuclear explosions, meteorite strikes, volcanic eruptions and even earthquake ruptures, the researchers say. While sensors on the ground can detect these signals, small infrasound signals can be blocked out by wind and other ambient noises gathered by these ground sensors. So researchers are looking for quieter places for these sensors, such as attaching them to high-altitude balloons.


Heart-breaking video captures the moment a beloved granddad's ashes were scattered in space

Daily Mail - Science & tech

These breathtaking photographs capture the moment an amateur astronomer's ashes were scattered at the edge of space. Philip Robson died aged 65 and his family plotted a'fitting' farewell after his funeral. They spent £700 ($900) building a high-tech helium balloon that would carry his ashes 32,000 feet (9,750m) above the Sussex countryside before bursting. In an emotional send-off, his family and friends stood side-by-side to watch his remains vanish high above the clouds. A British family has used a weather balloon to scatter the ashes of their beloved grandfather at the edge of the space.


Texas Border Patrol test camera-toting helium balloons

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The U.S. Border Patrol is considering another type of surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings. Agents in Texas recently finished a 30-day trial of the camera-toting, helium-filled balloon made by Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a small startup that named former Border Patrol chief David Aguilar to its board of directors in January. The 3-year-old, money-losing company gave Aguilar options that may prove lucrative if it gets more orders for its proprietary model. The tethered balloon, called Winch Aerostat Small Platform, or WASP. The trial comes as agents test hand-launched drones, which are relatively inexpensive but hampered by short battery life and weight limits.


Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days

Associated Press

In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016 photo released Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Morton, Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov floats at more than 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) above an area close to Northam in Western Australia state in his helium and hot-air balloon as he makes a record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop. Konyukhov, 65, was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask as he nears the end of his record attempt to fly solo around the world nonstop, his son said on Wednesday July 20, 2016. In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016 photo released Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Morton, Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov floats at more than 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) above an area close to Northam in Western Australia state in his helium and hot-air balloon as he makes a record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop. Konyukhov, 65, now flying at more than 6,000 meters (20 feet) above the ground, was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask as he nears the end of his record attempt to fly solo around the world nonstop, his son said on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.


Baby Trump 'bobble-head' figurine is launched into space on a weather balloon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

As the president of the United States finished his visit to the Nato Summit in the UK today - a Baby Trump'bobble-head' was launched into space with a weather balloon. 'Baby Trump' was created as a helium-filled blimp that could be flown during protests of Donald Trump at various locations around the world. A new bobble-head version of the blimp has been blasted into the wider reaches of the atmosphere by company'Sent Into Space' in a protest of his latest visit to the UK. 'This video is just a bit of fun, we just liked the Baby Trump balloon and wanted to go one better', said Alex Keen from Sent Into Space. A new bobble-head version of the balloon has now been blasted into the wider reaches of the atmosphere by company'Sent Into Space' The original blimp made its first appearance in July 2018 during a Trump working visit but it came to fame during his first state visit in June 2019.