Latest Ballooning Stories

2009-08-25 13:56:58

Police said no injuries or property damage resulted from a hot air balloon's emergency landing in an Ohio neighborhood. Kettering Police Officer Michael Burke said the pilot of the balloon told officers he was forced to make an emergency landing on Crauder Avenue because of weather-related troubles, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Tuesday. Burke said no investigation is being pursued into the incident.

2009-08-16 01:15:08

Moon-the-balloon in Ontario was something of a bust, with only 200 Canadians showing up to drop their trousers to protest a U.S. surveillance balloon. And the balloon was a no-show. The balloon, which has been hovering over Sarnia of late, is being flown by Sierra Nevada, a company seeking a U.S. Homeland Security contract for a high-resolution camera the balloon has been carrying. The protest's organizer, Adam Bush, had predicted a turnout of at least 1,000, The Port Huron Times-Herald...

2009-07-21 14:55:00

Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon Tops Previous Record by Nearly 3,000 Feet COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released by the A. James Clark School of Engineering: WHAT: Officials have declared that a student team based at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, and including interns from other schools, has broken last year's record for amateur radio high altitude ballooning. The team's super-size helium-filled weather...

2009-07-20 17:13:06

Witnesses and shocked golfers said a hot air balloon made an emergency landing at the Rochester Place Resort in Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada. The balloon -- which witnesses said bore a RE/MAX realty logo and carried three to four people -- snagged on trees on the north end of the golf course, The Windsor (Ontario) Star reported Monday. No one was hurt in the incident, witnesses said. Transport Canada said it has been contacted regarding the incident.

2009-07-02 00:41:54

Men under stress may be more likely to take risks, while stressed women may be less likely to do so, U.S. researchers found. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, shows that men under stress may be more likely to take risks, correlating to such real-life behavior as gambling, smoking, unsafe sex and illegal drug use, while stressed women moderate their behavior. Evolutionarily speaking, it's perhaps more beneficial for men to be aggressive in stressful, high-arousal situations when...

2009-05-28 17:02:00

Win a trip to the world's largest balloon festival ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In the new Disney/Pixar film Up, opening in theaters Friday, May 29th, a balloon salesman ties 1,000 helium-filled balloons to his house in search of adventure. You can experience the adventure of a lifetime witnessing more than 600 hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta(R). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090528/LA24128) Experience the excitement of...

2009-02-05 13:58:58

A union has the right to display an inflatable balloon in the shape of a rat during protests, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court found that an ordinance in Lawrence, N.J., banning inflatable signs isn't content-neutral because it allows businesses to use them for grand openings. The case began in 2005 when Local 269 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers protested outside Gold's Gym because of a dispute with a contractor working there. The union took a...

2009-01-16 15:10:00

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerostar International, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raven Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAVN), announced today a seven million cubic foot prototype super-pressure balloon, built for NASA's Balloon Program, has surpassed two weeks of near constant altitude flight over the Antarctic continent. This flight marks the next milestone in NASA's plans to develop a vehicle to fly heavy scientific payloads at the edge of space for periods up...

2009-01-08 15:20:00

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the largest single-cell, super-pressure, fully-sealed balloon ever flown. When development ends, NASA will have a 22...

2008-11-28 13:35:03

Officials say a Swedish couple found a child's balloon that was released nearly a year ago in Britain, meaning the balloon had traveled 932 miles. Jacqui Illingworth of the Old Clee Children's Center in the British town of Grimsby said the balloon found in Sweden was originally released on Nov. 17, 2007 during an opening ceremony for the children's site, The Local, a Stockholm newspaper, said Friday. Illingworth said the balloon found near the Swedish town of Vilhelmina on Oct. 26 was one of...

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