Real Life “Up” House Lifted by Balloons

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Real Life “Up” House Lifted by Balloons

It took this crew the short span of two weeks to “fly the house” in this National Geographic project to create a real life version of the house in Pixar’s Up— lifted into the sky by balloons. “The real Up! Scientists recreate floating house from Pixar movie… and prove it really CAN fly” at dailymail:

The team from National Geographic have built a house inspired by the Pixar movie Up! that can really fly.

Using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, a team of scientists, engineers, two balloon pilots and dozens of volunteers, they managed to get the small house 10,000 feet into the air.

Of course it was not a real house, but a custom-built light weight one.

Executive producer Ben Bowie said: ‘We found that it is actually close to impossible to fly a real house.’

Producer Ian White added: ‘But what we can do is kind of fly a light-weight house and fly it safely with people on board.’

[via designboom]

10 thoughts on “Real Life “Up” House Lifted by Balloons

  1. Gordon McLellan says:

    I had a long comment typed in, but it wasn’t nice… I’ll just summarize instead.

    What a waste.

    1. Aaron Avivi says:

      i agree completely, but it’s worth saying again:

      what a waste.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t there a global shortage of helium?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Did they take it back down? How?

    1. Rick Lutz says:

      pins and a pea shooter

  4. Frank W Fulton Jr says:

    I love it, so whimsical, I so wish I had been there.

  5. Sell Your Property says:

    This is a very interesting thing, but I want to know how you got down it back?

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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