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First human in the Space on 12 April 1961

On 12 April 1961, the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1) spacecraft with Gagarin aboard was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gagarin thus became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the Earth. His call sign was Kedr (Russian: Кедр, Siberian pine or Cedar).

Yuri Gagarin

Picture: Time Covers – The 60S, Boris Chaliapin, from the Life.com collection

The radio communication between the launch control room and Gagarin included the following dialogue at the moment of rocket launch: Continue reading

Richard Abruzzo made the first transcontinental solo balloon flight in the USA

Richard AbruzzoHe flew from Torrey Pines, San Diego in California to Waverley, Georgia in 73 hours 20mins, a distance of 2074kms. The balloon was gas balloon Abruzzo GROM-1. Reg. N96YD,landing on February 5th 2003. On the weekend of the flight, the equipment was driven to California from Albuquerque by crewmembers Leonard Saiz and Jeremy Dorcas. They also provided the retrieve for the flight. The sandbags were filled and the system was assembled on Saturday. It all finally came together and the balloon was launched exactly at 12:00 noon PST. Continue reading

The Virgin Pacific Flyer started in 1991 to the Pacific Crossing

26 years ago today 15th January, Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson, began their Pacific crossing by hot air balloon. Two days later they landed in Yellowknife, Canada on 17th January 1991. They had achieved the first Pacific crossing by hot air balloon.

Richard Branson - Per Lindstrand

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Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov breaks world balloon record

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth in a rozier balloon in just over 11 days.

Konyukhov, who set off from Western Australia’s Avon Valley on July 12, has gone past the point he needed to fly over to break the record and is expected to land in WA’s Wheatbelt later this afternoon.

Fedor Konyukhov track

But his difficult task of landing the balloon is still ahead of him and the crew is eager to get the craft back on the ground before nightfall. Continue reading

Szeged Balloon Cup 2015

Invitation / Meghívó: Szeged Balloon Cup 2015

Organiser / Szervező: Szegedi Közlekedési Kft.

Schedule / Tervezett program

Thursday / Csütörtök 17/09/2015

19:00 General Briefing / Általános eligazítás

Frida-Saturday / Péntek-szombat 18-19/09/2015

  • 05:30 Briefing / eligazítás
  • 16:00 Briefing / eligazítás

Sunday / Vasárnap 20/09/2015

  • 05:30 Briefing / eligazítás
  • 12:00 Awards Ceremony / Eredményhirdetés

Propane price: 250 HUF + 27% VAT / kg
Gáz ár: 250 HUF + ÁFA / kg

Entry fee is 30.000 HUF and refund after the last flight
Nevezési díj 30.000 HUF
, amiből a beérkezés idejétől függőena következő visszatérítési lesz az utolsó repülés után:

Entry fee /nevezési díj Entry fee arrived / Megérkezett a számlára Refund / visszatérítés
30.000 HUF 20/08/2015 25,000 HUF
30.000 HUF 28/08/2015 15.000 HUF
30.000 HUF 06/09/2015 10.000 HUF
30.000 HUF after 06/09/2015 00.000 HUF

Entry fee includes / nevezési díj tartalmazza:

  • officials / verseny lebonyolításához szükséges személyzetet
  • electronic maps and rules / elektronikus térképet és szabályokat
  • accomodation for pilot + 3 for the first 13 team / szállást a pilóta + 3 fő részére, az első 13 jelentkezőnek
  • meals three times for pilot + 3 (one meal/day) / háromszor bogácsban készült étel a pilóta + 3 fő részére (egy étel/nap),
  • pilot pack souvenirs / ajándékcsomag

You should pay the entry fee here, please indicate the pilot’s name:
Account owner: Pálhegyi Imre Zoltán
IBAN: HU05 1040 2805 8154 5554 4853 1004
SWIFT CODE (BIC): OKHBHUHB
Bank name and address:
K&H Bank Zrt..
1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 9

A nevezési díjat erre a bankszámlára kell fizetni, a megjegyzés rovatban a pilóta nevét kell megjelölni:

Pálhegyi Imre Zoltán
K&H Bank: 10402805-81545554-48531004

The event will run without observer. We will scoring physical markers and loggers by the AXMER 2015.
A verseny az AXMER 2015 alapján, megfigyelők nélkül, markerekkel és GPS loggerekkel lesz értékelve.

Six pilots entered to the Event until now. (19:00 19th August 2015)
Hat pilóta nevezett eddig.  (19:00 2015/08/19)

You can fill the entry form here only:
A versenyre csak ezen az elektronikus nevezési lapon lehet nevezni:
(11 pilots entered / 11 pilóta jelentkezett. 21/08/2015)

Betöltés…

Montgolfier day – 231 years ago the World changed!

Montgolfier day – 231 years ago the World changed!

Montgolfier_231

Picture by Bennie Bos

Happy Montgolfier Day Everyone!
On the 21st November 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier & the Marquis d’Arlandes, made the first, manned, free ascent in a balloon, flying the Montgolfier Brothers built aerostat for about 5.5 miles (9 km) in approximately 25 minutes.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his journal about witnessing the balloon take off: ‘We observed it lift off in the most majestic manner. When it reached around 250 feet in altitude, the intrepid voyagers lowered their hats to salute the spectators. We could not help feeling a certain mixture of awe and admiration.’

The conquest of the skies – balloon history from 1870

The First Aerial Voyage

The First Aerial Voyage

“The title of our introduction to aeronautics may appear ambitious to astronomers, and to those who know that the infinite space we call the heavens is for ever inaccessible to travellers from the earth; but it was not so considered by those who witnessed the ardent enthusiasm evoked at the ascension of the first balloon. No discovery, in the whole range of history, has elicited an equal degree of applause and admiration—never has the genius of man won a triumph which at first blush seemed more glorious. The mathematical and physical sciences had in aeronautics achieved apparently their greatest honours, and inaugurated a new era in the progress of knowledge. After having subjected the earth to their power; after having made the waves of the sea stoop in submission under the keels of their ships; after having caught the lightning of heaven and made it subservient to the ordinary purposes of life, the genius of man undertook to conquer the regions of the air. Imagination, intoxicated with past successes, could descry no limit to human power; the gates of the infinite seemed to be swinging back before man’s advancing step, and the last was believed to be the greatest of his achievements.

Balloon of the Marquis D'Arlandes

Balloon of the Marquis D’Arlandes

In order to comprehend the frenzy of the enthusiasm which the first aeronautic triumphs called forth, it is necessary to recall the appearance of Montgolfier at Versailles, on the 19th of September, 1783, before Louis XVI, or of the earliest aeronauts at the Tuileries. Paris hailed the first of these men with the greatest acclaim, “and then, as now,” says a French writer, “the voice of Paris gave the cue to France, and France to the world!” Nobles and artisans, scientific men and badauds, great and small, were moved with one universal impulse. In the streets the praises of the balloon were sung; in the libraries models of it abounded; and in the salons the one universal topic was the great “machine.” In anticipation, the poet delighted himself with bird’s-eye views of the scenery of strange countries; the prisoner mused on what might be a new way of escape; the physicist visited the laboratory in which the lightning and the meteors were manufactured; the geometrician beheld the plans of cities and the outlines of kingdoms; the general discovered the position of the enemy or rained shells on the besieged town; the police beheld a new mode in which to carry on the secret service; Hope heralded a new conquest from the domain of nature, and the historian registered a new chapter in the annals of human knowledge.”

The Destruction of Charles's Balloon

The Destruction of Charles’s Balloon

The full book here: WONDERFUL BALLOON ASCENTS or, the Conquest of the Skies A History of Balloons and Balloon Voyages – By F. Marion 1870.

The first airmail flight was 154 year ago by hot air balloon

Montgolfier balloonAugust 17, 1859 John Wise flew from Lafayette, Indiana, to Crawfordsville, Indiana, and carried 123 letters and 23 circulars on board that had been collected by the postmaster Thomas Wood and endorsed “PREPAID” but only one of these historic postal covers was discovered in 1957.

Historically, balloons were used to transport mail from Paris during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-72. Sixty-five unguided mail balloons were released in besieged Paris to communicate with the world beyond the besieging forces, of which only two went missing.

Guinness World Record Attempt: Asia – Europe flight

The participants of International Sport Competition of Hot Air Balloons “Sky Fair – 2013” – which was FAI Sporting Event – made a special flight after the contest program. We travelled from Kungur (host city, Perm region) to near Pervouralsk (satellite city of Yekaterinburg) at evening 5th July 2013. There is monument with a huge column which shows the border of Europe and Asia  (56.870553, 60.047951). Twenty-two balloons are arrived to the meeting point. The distance is 250 km between Kungur and Pervouralsk which is not so much but the journey was hard because the Russian bus and roads. We had a good lunch and some rest. The organisers provided a nice folklore show too.

Folklore show at border of Europe and Asia

Folklore show at border of Europe and Asia

Some balloons are prepared to take-off close to the monument and the rests are moved to a nearby glade after the briefing in the Asian side. We didn’t plan long flight because huge forests, big lakes and few glades were in the flying area. The destination was only crossing the border of the two continents which was successful.

Briefing before the flight

Briefing before the flight

Launch from Asia

Launch from Asia

We recorded and scored the flights with same tools as the competition flights. The officials of the FAI Sporting Event checked the tracks of GPS loggers after the flights. One pilot turned on the GPS logger during the flight. We can’t record his take-off position but that was the first documented Event were many hot air balloons flight over the Europe – Asia border. The organiser will apply for the approval of Guinness Record.

Europe - Asia flight

The green line is the border of Europe and Asia. The tracks of the balloons are red.

Asia Europe flight. We started at first and we flew southernmost.

Asia Europe flight. We started at first and we flew southernmost.

Mor photos from the Event are herehere, here and here.