A Californian design and engineering group experiments with balloon technology potentially capable of reaching space.

A group of engineers and designers are embarking on pushing air balloon technology into space — literally. Having recently completed two test flights, the most recent balloon has managed to hit 80,000 foot altitude with a flight time of 2 hours. Using a GPS tracker as well as cameras, the most recent voyage is documented in the video below.

Recently, we discussed the prospect of having helium-powered balloons as alternatives to the flights. Although this project seems far from human-testing, still with this prospect taken into consideration, would it be possible for such material innovations to push the prospect of helium powered balloons and high altitude flights more to a likelihood than a possibility?

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