October 16, 2009

Ballon Bust?

Uh... this doesn't seem to match the Heene family balloon boy story:

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 16, 2009 02:29 PM

Isn't it illegal to lauch a balloon of this nature?

Also, there seems to be a degree of acting in their alarm that their son may be in the balloon. Note that they did not verify the concept, only started reacting to it.

Posted by: David at October 17, 2009 12:52 PM

The family knew the boy wasn't in the balloon.

The father built it, he had to know how much it could lift.

Anyway, I went ahead and ran the numbers.

For the balloon to get off the ground with the boy in it, it would have had to hold 45,360 liters of He, or the equivalent of about 46 four foot weather balloons.

Posted by: Matt at October 18, 2009 09:15 AM