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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...

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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...

2008-09-20 12:00:27

A photo gallery of Friday's hot-air balloon festival on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-08 09:00:51

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- An emergency dispatcher in suburban Philadelphia said a hot-air balloon crashed and burst into flames on Sunday, killing one person and injuring the six others who were on board. The Chester County Emergency Services dispatcher said the balloon crashed at 6:40 p.m. in Phoenixville, 22 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Those injured were taken to area hospitals. There was no immediate word on their conditions. Emergency officials did not know where the flight...

2008-09-03 18:00:41

Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers of the dangers associated with balloon blowing kits. Anyone having them is urged to immediately take them away from children. On August 20, 2008, Health Canada inspectors removed 1,574 children's balloon blowing kits from sale at the Central National Exhibition (CNE) fairgrounds in Toronto, Ontario. Between August 15th and the 20th an unknown number of these prohibited toys were sold to the public at the exhibition. The toys were sold at...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Imani Tate Art and entertainment collided when Don Caldwell of Garden Grove was 18, giving him the chance "to be an artist and a ham all at once." Caldwell, a nationally acclaimed balloon artist and entertainer for schools, libraries, community centers, clubs and corporate affairs, has been best known as Buster Balloon for more than 20 years. Remembering his childhood treks to four libraries within a 10- mile radius of his family home, Caldwell confessed that libraries are still...

2008-07-07 00:00:04

By The Associated Press BEND, Ore. (AP) - A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons has reached his destination Saturday. A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho. The 48-year-old lifted off at dawn from his gas station in Bend, Ore., and flew with the wind at about 20 mph. It was Couch's third try at the journey. (c) 2008 Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque). Provided by ProQuest Information...

2008-07-06 18:00:05

By William Hageman, Chicago Tribune Jul. 6--The Adler Planetarium's recent launch of a Marshmallow Peep into space is a twist on experiments that the 10-person Adler crew has been conducting for a while. The payload on this launch, Mission 12 of the Far Horizons program, was an experiment by two students at Aurora's Illinois Math & Science Academy who wanted to measure how much brighter it is in space. Astro Peep just hitched a ride. "On any mission we like to use a video camera to...

2008-07-06 12:00:03

A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons has reached his destination. A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon. The 48-year-old lifted off at dawn from his gas station in Bend, Ore., and flew with the wind at about 20 mph. "If I had the time and money and people, I'd do this every weekend," Couch said before getting into the chair....