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At Commonwealth Games, the World's Largest Aerostat

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the more-interesting-than-the-sports dept.

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GillBates0 writes "Last weekend saw the world's largest aerostat of its kind featured at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The helium balloon or aerostat measures 40x80x12 meters, contains 20,000 cubic meters of helium and features lights, mirrors, cameras, a 360 degree projection screen, projectors and a reflective underbelly. During the show, it was raised 25 meters off the ground and transformed into a giant Bodhi Tree and a meditating Buddha, with giant puppets to complement the cultural performances beneath. These slideshows tell the story."

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76 comments

It's a balloon (2, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804836)

It's a big balloon.

For those of us who live in America, these things are pretty run of the mill.

Re:It's a balloon (3, Funny)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804862)

Yeah and Pamela Anderson just had a pair of breasts. For those of us who live on Earth, those things are pretty run of the mill.

Re:It's a balloon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805242)

Yeah and Pamela Anderson just had a pair of breasts.

And for a few thousand dollars, you'd be able to put Pam to shame.

Or, in the words of the great Sir Mix-a-Lot: Plastic parts are made for TOYS!

Re:It's a balloon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33804900)

For those of us who live in America - committing financial and mortgage fraud and scamming domestic and China and other countries is 'pretty normal'.

Re:It's a balloon (0, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804916)

That's why we're #1, BABY!

Re:It's a balloon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33804946)

#1 in what? That's what your media feeds you and like idiots you listen and belive and buy this Ipods and shit stuff they pump down your throat. Wake up and stop shopping like morons and burning oil and destroying environment and future generations.

Re:It's a balloon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806124)

gotta be European.... jealousy is stupefying

Re:It's a balloon (0, Offtopic)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#33808170)

Obviously not #1 in Wooshing, because your country now holds the crown.

Re:It's a balloon (-1, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804934)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRCQypnVeXA [youtube.com]
Video of the event

Re:It's a balloon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806600)

People like you are the reason most of the world despises America and what it represents. All Americans are brainwashed into believing the US is the best, whereas in reality you are far from it.

Your country is responsible for more death and destruction world wide than the rest of the world put together. And not just through war but playing political games with other countries in order to keep your precious "American Way" going. (I refer you to all your middle east interference plus attempts to eradicate communism - vietnam, korea etc)

You have a lot of money and power post WWII thanks to the state of the rest of the world at that time but the sun is now setting on your empire which I think will benefit all mankind.

Did you know that when psychologists rate countries in terms of personality America is likened to a hormonal, spoilt teenager? Always wanting to prove he's the best, always starting fights - young and stupid.

Oh yeh, I'm hoping you posted that video as a statement of irony - lame shit like that just makes non-US'ians want to puke and laugh at the same time

.

Re:It's a balloon (3, Insightful)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804922)

It's a big balloon.

Although it seems jaded, I have to say I agree.

The photographs clearly illustrate a large decorative balloon.

There's nothing wrong with that, but it's not exactly earth-shattering.

Re:It's a balloon (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805014)

I think the organizers took measures to ensure the balloon is not earth shattering.

During the show, it was raised 25 meters off the ground and transformed into a giant Bodhi Tree and a meditating Buddha, with giant puppets

As a result it didn't transform into a suicide bomb to represent one of their minorities.

Re:It's a balloon (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805046)

The Irish?

Aerostat not the only thing of note (3, Funny)

jrumney (197329) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804954)

The video projections on the aerostat were pretty, but more remarkable is the size of Prince Charles's codpiece in photo number 4.

Re:Aerostat not the only thing of note (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#33807048)

The video projections on the aerostat were pretty, but more remarkable is the size of Prince Charles's codpiece in photo number 4.

Actually, I am pretty sure that was a bong.

The director must have taken a hit as well, its the only way I could explain the giant creepy dolls.

Helium (3, Interesting)

TD-Linux (1295697) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804970)

So for the last month ./ has been running stories about how we are quickly depleting our remaining helium supplies, and now we're floating a TV with 20,000 m^3 of it?

... I don't know what to say.

Re:Helium (2, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804988)

It's okay. The audience was able to help themselves to a lungful upon the end of the closing ceremonies.

They were tweeting in real time.

Re:Helium (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806352)

Insightful?

Re:Helium (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805134)

How about "Fuck, that's a lot of helium"?

Re:Helium (1)

lxs (131946) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805262)

Going to waste.

Re:Helium (2, Insightful)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805564)

It is only the US that is running out. The rest of world doesn't have a problem.

Re:Helium (2, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805974)

The US accounts for 80% of the current supply. If they're running out, the rest of the world has a problem.

Re:Helium (1)

sempir (1916194) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806082)

Best not to say anything then!

Re:Helium (1)

Iskender (1040286) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806364)

I think the controversy has mainly been about helium prices being kept artificially low.

This fits that perfectly - until the prices become real market prices we'll keep seeing things like this.

Of course, even with sane prices someone might splurge on helium like this as a stunt. But in that case the aerostat would likely be half the size at best. I'm not a big free market fan but raising prices on something is an excellent way to make people use less of it.

Re:Helium (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806938)

We're going to run out of helium in 100 years at the current rate. Given that it's one of the most common elements in the universe, actually running out of it seems pretty unlikely. If anything, helium is going to become less attractive for this kind of use. It provides less lift than hydrogen, but is used because of the lower risk of fire. Monomolecular carbon balloons (which have been made in the lab, but not yet mass produced) can store hydrogen with zero leakage, making hydrogen safe for use in this context.

Re:Helium (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 3 years ago | (#33812762)

Yeah, but that will lead to teenagers asking for balloons at their birthday parties. Oh, yeah - and a couple of matches.

Most states don't firecrackers, which don't have more than 50mg of flash powder. Hydrogen balloons - even small ones - make a much nicer bang; I don't see it happening until they figure out how to make H2 non-combustible.

Re:Helium (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#33815288)

If this [acs.org] is what you mean by monomolecular carbon "balloon", I'd add a note to let people know not to look for them at the next birthday party they attend.

Re:Helium (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#33808260)

First thing I thought. I really hope that they'll at least recapture what helium is still in the balloon when they're done with it.

Re:Helium (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 3 years ago | (#33809468)

Very much more helium goes to waste every second from natural gas production, because it's simply uneconomical to collect it all. There's only five or so gas processing plants in the US capable of distilling it out of natural gas--and I understand that even those few plants don't run at full production capacity because the market price of the stuff is so low.

Would have been more interesting... (0, Troll)

Retron (577778) | more than 3 years ago | (#33804974)

...if they'd broadcast pictures showing the - ahem - "wonderful" accommodation, or the frantic finishing of the athletics track...

Re:Would have been more interesting... (1)

rapiddescent (572442) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805306)

one of my family members went out 2 weeks ahead to view the accommodation and it was totally awful. Builders had been living there for months with no furniture and no sanitation and so had been toileting on the floor etc, In the end, my country's, management team went out ahead of the athletes and bought loads of cleaning fluid and protective gear and cleaned it up themselves (with no help from the games organisers).

The reports I'm getting is that so many things have gone terribly wrong and aren't being fully reported by the press. The training pool is full of raw sewage, massive inconsistency with how things are finished and travel chaos -- and that's after a budget over run of many many times the projected costs.

It's just as well that we don't allow a culture like this to build complex computer systems...

Re:Would have been more interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806162)

you forgot to mention about all the child labour and mass genocide at the end of it.

Re:Would have been more interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33808610)

As long as we making stupid, bigoted comparisons, here is my raise.

  Europeans (in Europe and elsewhere) should all sterilized and not allowed any offspring for centuries of uncivilized behaviors - Two World Wars, colonization, slavery, Wars in Congo, Nam, Korea, Central America, Afghanistan 1, Iraq , Afghanistan 2.... , sponsoring coups for profit and bad dental hygiene...

nothing new.... (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805000)

reminds me of this [inthenightgarden.co.uk]

Let me guess: (1)

deathtopaulw (1032050) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805004)

"The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure.

Let's go to The Colonies!"

Re:Let me guess: (3, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805052)

So why doesn't the US join in the games? They were a colony once right? ;)

I find the Commonwealth Games rather amusing. After all how many countries would be able to pull the following off:

1) Take over other countries (often via military force)
2) Extract resources from those countries.
3) Get kicked out by those other countries.
4) Organize an event to celebrate the Commonwealth :).

FWIW, I think the reason why the Brits can pull it off is in many cases they were actually better to/for the local population and country than the local rulers were...

The other reason is you probably have to a Brit to be able to actually think this is such a great idea :).

Imagine the Belgians or Dutch trying to hold their own Commonwealth Games. How many would want to show up?

Re:Let me guess: (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805104)

actually better to/for the local population
The brits did a few population counts in India - the results where a massive drop. Something about very few doctors, trade goods had priority and the land conditions needed produce lots of one way trade.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Leopold's_Ghost [wikipedia.org] shopws what other European powers tried, basically a locked down one way system of export, empty ships arrive, full depart.
Again massive population loss when 'counted'.

Re:Let me guess: (1, Troll)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805158)

I think the reason why the Brits can pull it off is in many cases they were actually better to/for the local population and country than the local rulers were...

Particularly India, where they took over from the Mhoguls, who were mozzies and naturally tried to follow the Qur'an and make non-Muslims feel subdued.

Re:Let me guess: (-1, Troll)

metlin (258108) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805198)

Congratulations, sir! On showing your ignorance and bigoted attitude.

The Mughals were actually a very positive influence on India and Indian culture. In fact, for the most part, Mughal rulers (look up Akbar) were open and secular, and *shudder* tolerated and embraced the multi-ethnic/cultural/religious/lingual landscape of India.

But please. Let me not stop you.

Re:Let me guess: (1, Informative)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805266)

Try telling that to the Sikhs. The murdering mozzies killed thousands

Re:Let me guess: (3, Informative)

tanveer1979 (530624) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805288)

The later Moghul rulers were the murderous ones.
Akbar was among the first, and is generally considered as a very good monarch.
The last one (Aurgangzeb) was pretty murderous, and also imposed taxes on non muslims to get them to convert.

Re:Let me guess: (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805480)

Try telling that to the people of the Akbar era. Akbar was a scheming mozzie, just as bad. He was responsible for demolition of temples just like all his glorious predecessors.

  Indian "official" history books taught in school are neutered shit. If we had real history taught in India, we would be like israel and the mozzies will be like the palestiniens. There are advantages to neutered shit; a more inclusive culture but the disadvantage is forgetting the past by hiding it from the "tender" young generation will help us repeat the past.

India is a joke; Mozzies get to marry four wives in India (LOL) and in Islamic pakistan they can have just one ! Really India is the worst country full of minority appeasers and mozzie lovers, stay away from that place!

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805756)

Why aren't the United States and other non Muslim countries paying Jizya to the righteous Muslim countries?

Re:Let me guess: (1)

slack_prad (942084) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806450)

Read about the siege of Chittor

Re:Let me guess: (2, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806974)

Does anyone actually say 'mozzies' and expect to be taken seriously?

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33811948)

I do! Fucking mozzies, I forgot my net and bug repellant and they keep. fucking. biting me.

Re:Let me guess: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33815920)

Does anyone actually say 'mozzies' and expect to be taken seriously?

Well its better than being a mozzie, following a book of hate that should be burned, and expecting to be taken seriously (except by the security services).

Re:Let me guess: (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 3 years ago | (#33829428)

Well, hey. Good luck trying to be reasonable and not bigoted. Who'da thunk that Slashdot had its share of racist religious nuts?

Re:Let me guess: (0, Troll)

kuthkameen (1197361) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805200)

It is Moghuls or Mughals, not Mhoguls. Apart from Aurangazeb, none of the other Muslim Moghul rulers were anti-hindu. In fact Akbar was known for his religious tolerance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din-i-Ilahi)

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806532)

*JAW DROPS*

How about Babur, Humayun, Jahangir and everyone else?

Re:Let me guess: (1)

kuthkameen (1197361) | more than 3 years ago | (#33811346)

Why the hell did someone mod me troll?! I doubt if Babur, Humayaun, etc were as bad as Aurangazeb.

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806956)

Who the hell keeps modding this troll up?

If you don't have the decency to refer to a group of people as "Muslims" and insist on using the derisive term "mozzies", why the fuck should anyone listen to what you say?

And who keeps modding those who (politely) disagree with you "troll"? And the anti-Muslim ferver on Slashdot really that high?

Re:Let me guess: (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33808640)

Who the hell keeps modding this troll up?

If you don't have the decency to refer to a group of people as "Muslims" and insist on using the derisive term "mozzies", why the fuck should anyone listen to what you say?

And who keeps modding those who (politely) disagree with you "troll"? And the anti-Muslim ferver on Slashdot really that high?

After all the Mozzies show great [st-george-church.org] tollerance [juliagorin.com] to everyone [juliagorin.com] else [juliagorin.com] don't [fr-d-serfes.org] they [juliagorin.com]

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33811452)

Some of them are dicks, so you feel the need to be a dick to entirety of the Muslim religion?

What a fucking douche.

Re:Let me guess: (3, Informative)

stiggle (649614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805924)

Not all members of the Commonwealth were British colonies.
A number of other countries have applied to join anyway as they see a regional benefit to being a member.

Mozambique - used to be a Portugese colony. Now a member of the Commonwealth (since 1995)
Rwanda - used to be a Belgian & German colony. A member since 2009.

Algeria & Madagascar have also both applied to join having no prior links to the British overseas

Re:Let me guess: (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806314)

God forbid but France wanted to Join in the 1950s after London choked on the port at their request to consider becoming part of the UK, despite Churchill offering an act of union in 1940... go figure

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806330)

But when they were snubbed they went off and created the European Coal and Steel Community which over time became.... the EU which now runs the UK - funny old world

Re:Let me guess: (2, Funny)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806316)

Got to hand it to the Brits, now they've even got noncolonies wanting to join the exclusive excolonies club.

Jolly good show and tally ho :).

Re:Let me guess: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805236)

What? You've all gotten it wrong. The answer is Blade Runner.
What the fuck are you all talking about?

Anonymous Coward (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805148)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkSWE9UZjdE

here's the video

Good to see resources put in the right direction (-1, Troll)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805324)

Great to see the resource of the world and a nation being put to use like that. I want to hope they bottled up and returned the helium rather than just wasting it. At least it was a pretty ceremony. Unlike the images of the athlete's village which has seen some contestants pull out of the games in disgust. I'd like to sign this of as An honest troll.

Re:Good to see resources put in the right directio (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#33807502)

I'd like to sign this of as An honest troll.

That's called "flamebait"

And afterwards... (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805372)

...I hope they recycle that helium. It's not like it's a renewable resource.

India proves it again. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33805436)

If you ain't Hindu, you're a sack of shit.

Fuck you Muslim fucks.

Next time... (1)

nicc777 (614519) | more than 3 years ago | (#33805698)

... put down the slideshow first - I'm really not interesting in reading the story :-)

Is anybody watching? (0, Flamebait)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806104)

It seems that the games is mostly a non-event, with most seats remaining empty, despite the incredibly low ticket prices of about 50c a seat.

Re:Is anybody watching? (0)

kidgenius (704962) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806272)

No one is watching, and no one is showing up to PLAY in the games either. Some of the athletes have flat out refused to show up due to the conditions of the athlete housing. Not to mention outbreaks of dengue fever going around right now, and specially built bridges collapsing, the games are turning into a disaster for India.

Re:Is anybody watching? (1)

slack_prad (942084) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806942)

Last week called...

Someone should... (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 3 years ago | (#33806110)

...tie an iPhone to that and let it go, see if it makes it into space :P

Re:Someone should... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806398)

If it's like their trains, there'll be a couple of hundred people riding on top of it. Probably best not to send it into space until they can change onto another means of transport.

world's largest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33806900)

Wasn't the Hindenburg fairly big?
Heck could have saved a few Rupees booking the Goodyear blimp.

Helium cost (1)

cyberfunk2 (656339) | more than 3 years ago | (#33807494)

What with the rising cost of helium... what a terrible waste of a resource we're running out of ! It also must've cost a fortune.

Not the largest. (1)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#33808340)

Aerostats include airships. The Hindenberg had a volume of 200,000 m, this thing is small in comparison. Largest in current service, maybe? EGreen has a 16,400 m model.

-molo

Re:Not the largest. (1)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#33808352)

Gah, that is supposed to be m^3. Slashdot stripped of the superscript 3 char.

-molo

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