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Man Trying To Fly Across the Atlantic On Helium Balloons

samzenpus posted 1 year,3 days | from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.

Idle 92

coondoggie writes "f you've ever wondered if you could fly just by holding onto a bunch of helium balloons over your head, well then you might understand where Accenture IT Technical Projects Manager Jonathan Trappe is coming from. Trappe today set out today from Caribou, Maine to cross 2,500 miles of Atlantic Ocean using 370 helium balloons slung under a small gondola. According to a DailyMail.com story, Trappe is relying on state-of-the-art weather data from the meteorologist who advised Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking skydive from the stratosphere last year. The latest weather reports before the launch suggested winds would take Trappe to western Europe, though the exact destination would be hard to predict." Update: 09/13 14:08 GMT by S : The attempt is already over and unsuccessful. Trappe landed safely in Newfoundland, saying he was having trouble controlling the balloons.

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Man is nuts (0, Redundant)

Behrooz Amoozad (2831361) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838591)

first post, and just saying

Re:Man is nuts (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839293)

Not that nuts he's aborted http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24076168 [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Man is nuts (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839869)

Not that nuts he's aborted http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24076168 [bbc.co.uk]

Perhaps he will try again. If not we'll have to turn to some other adventurer for our vicarious thrill-seeking.

Re:Man is nuts (1)

Behrooz Amoozad (2831361) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839421)

How on earth did this get moded redundant?
I RTFA before posting and there was no mention of any kind of nuts.

Re:Man is nuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44840945)

He just hit the wrong moderation button. It should have been "offtopic" or "troll". Are you trying to ruin your karma, dude? Making a comment that says only "first post" adds absolutely nothing to the conversation and should indeed be modded down. Now, had you said anything the least bit interesting, insightful, informative, or funny you would have had something to bitch about, but your comment said absolitely nothing whatever. Even the subject line was nuts. How about a discussion of why you hold that opinion.

If you don't have anything intelligent to say, STFU or lose your karma.

- your friendly neighborhood moderator

On helium balloons? (5, Funny)

chrism238 (657741) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838611)

I'm sceptical; I think you could do it on LSD, but helium would just give you that floating feeling.

Re:On helium balloons? (1)

Connie_Lingus (317691) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839641)

...and you would talk *really* oddly

This article . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838627)

. . . bought and paid for by Accenture(R)(TM).

Under a small gondola? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838647)

Think the fault of TFA, but surely it's a small gondola slung under 370 helium balloons, not 370 helium balloons under a small gondola?
Could prove fatal to the success of the attempt otherwise...

Slung UNDER? (4, Funny)

macraig (621737) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838651)

Wait, the balloons are slung UNDER the gondola? Is this story from another multiverse where the rules ain't the same.

In any case, with 370 dangling sacks that's a really well slung dude.

Re:Slung UNDER? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838723)

To be fair, a buttered toast is hoisted on top of his head.

Re:Slung UNDER? (1)

Xest (935314) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839205)

I think someone got the ballasts hanging underneath confused with the BIG FUCK OFF BUNCH OF BRIGHTLY COLOURED BALLOONS FLOATING ABOVE.

Apparently some people are actually that retarded.

Re:Slung UNDER? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839395)

Wait, the balloons are slung UNDER the gondola? Is this story from another multiverse where the rules ain't the same.

It might as well be, it's in the Daily Mail, one of the worst BS daily rags in the UK (mostly read by women).

You can follow his trip on Facebook (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838655)

I can't though, because like any responsible human being, I block Facebook at the DNS level. FFS people, if you make Facebook the new web, I give up all faith I had left in humanity.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838913)

Good on you, you show the man you are displeased.

You do realize your feeble attempts at blocking Facebook won't even go noticed? (literally at that)

There are far better ways to destroy Facebook. People already hate it as is.
Ignoring things never leads to the end. Only morons that think ignoring trolls works would think such a thing.

Destroy Facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838953)

There are far better ways to destroy Facebook

Sir, I'd be very interested in Your proposals.

Can I subscribe to Your newsletter?

Now seriously: if you have any good ideas on that, do please share them.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838959)

Me blocking Facebook isn't a protest. It is to stop every other website sending pings to them with their stupid "Like" Buttons.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839003)

Agreed; Fuckerburg's Facecrook — and that corporate propaganda conglomerate with the explicitly "not evil" search engine — are like a pair of systemic, degenerative diseases permeating the web*, converting it from the communication and information tool of the late 1990s and early 2000s, into a fascist (i.e., .com+.gov) manipulation and surveillance platform.

MS (already the name of a disease) and that 1984 computing-appliance company handle things client-side.

For the vast majority of "US persons," NSA hardly has to lift a finger, except (it seems,) their middle finger, when they decide to lie at their domestic "adversary" and financial benefactors.

* I was going to say Internet, but thanks (in part) to these assholes, FTP, email and Usenet have been gutted, subverted, and marginalized, since in their original forms they failed to deliver the data and quarterly profits to the "job creators" who decided they were entitled to those things.

Some of the younger people I know are even convinced that "without ads, the 'net would die! So [they] have a moral duty to [be misled/infected by] them." Fucking shame; makes me want to cry sometimes.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | 1 year,3 days | (#44842003)

Hmm, I was expecting to see "sheeple" in there somewhere. Disappointed for sure...

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839515)

That explains why this story was posted long after he'd landed in Newfoundland, having safely crossed the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44842935)

Like any responsible human being, I block Facebook at the DNS level.

Any tips on blocking/redirecting websites in another way than /etc/hosts ?

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44843763)

Setup your own DNS resolver and overwrite the domains that you want to block. There are several DNS servers which are suitable for running as resolver on the host. (For the sake of diversity, I will not recommend one particular server.) It's almost as easy as editing the hosts file, but the DNS solution can overwrite entire domains, not just individual hosts. While you're at it, enable DNSSEC verification.

Re:You can follow his trip on Facebook (1)

umafuckit (2980809) | 1 year,2 days | (#44843129)

I can't though, because like any responsible human being, I block Facebook at the DNS level. FFS people, if you make Facebook the new web, I give up all faith I had left in humanity.

Exactly. Facebook is like an evil, privately-controlled, sub-internet.

He's doing it wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838657)

This guy obviously doesn't know how these things work. He's supposed to attach the balloons to a house, and go to South America...

Just sayin'

Re: He's doing it wrong (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838793)

This. It's been done, and with much more style too.

Re: He's doing it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839017)

You mean Gran Torino 2: Keep the Goddamn Lawn?

Re:He's doing it wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839397)

He already did that. [gizmodo.com]

Re:He's doing it wrong (1)

worf_mo (193770) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839567)

Some people prefer a lawn chair [wikipedia.org] .

Re:He's doing it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44840545)

RTFA. The guy did that already. OK, it was Mexico, but close enough, right?

waste of helium. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838669)

really.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

Goaway (82658) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839115)

Balloons don't waste helium, that's largely a misunderstanding. Balloon helium is recycled and impure and not good for anything but filling balloons.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

methano (519830) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839355)

Hmmm! OK, I'll bite. I think you're making this up and don't really have a clue about recycled helium. I could be wrong but that's what I think.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839653)

Balloons don't waste helium, that's largely a misunderstanding. Balloon helium is recycled and impure and not good for anything but filling balloons.

Not economically feasible to use for anything but filling balloons, given current prices? Sure. But if you're denying we could (and, given high enough helium prices, would) purify and liquefy the recycled helium, then you just don't know what you're talking about.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,3 days | (#44841911)

that would be foolish, more economical with that kind of equipment to reclaim it from liquified atmosphere. which is why there will never be a "helium shortage" on planet earth for hundreds of millions of years.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

rossdee (243626) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839903)

where can you take your old balloons to recycle the Helium ?

Re:waste of helium. (1)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,3 days | (#44841893)

you might be interested to know that the "helium shortage" nonsense you've been reading is a bunch of bullshit. vast amounts still remain mixed with natural gas underground, and even if wastefully vented just stays in the atmosphere where it can be recovered by other means. there is no shortage of helium and its impossible to dispose of.

Re:waste of helium. (1)

fizzup (788545) | 1 year,2 days | (#44842813)

...even if wastefully vented just stays in the atmosphere where it can be recovered by other means.

Nope [wikipedia.org] . Helium and hydrogen get fast enough at altitude to achieve escape velocity. Due to atmospheric escape, the concentration of helium in the atmosphere is relatively constant at about 5 ppm. That is a ridiculously low concentration. It is absolutely not economic to extract helium from the atmosphere. Liquid helium is less expensive than scotch, and you wouldn't try to extract a cask after it was poured into a swimming pool.

Re:waste of helium. (2)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,2 days | (#44843943)

sure it escapes but there is not a net loss, there is gain. 50 grams of helium leave while 67 grams are added to the atmosphere every second ,the concentration is slowly going up. but even with no replenishment the 3.7 billion tons of helium in the atmosphere would take a very long time to drop to 10% of its current value, tens of millions of years (rate would drop as concentration lowers)

As far as extraction, just pointing out the helium is not going away so as last resort could be reclaimed though hugely expensive energy-wise.

There's an award for that (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838673)

I hope he does better than this guy [darwinawards.com] .

Spoiler alert (1)

g4sy (694060) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838675)

He landed in Newfoundland. I hope he finds The Only Road. Well it looks like he's not too far from Corner Brook. A couple days hike maybe.

Difference? (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838735)

So there is really such a big difference between one big balloon and lots of small balloons containing the same volume of helium?
Because otherwise I'd say this has been done before.

Re:Difference? (1)

somersault (912633) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838757)

I can't find any articles on Google about previous helium attempts, because all of the results are about this guy. Who's done it with helium before?

Re:Difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838807)

From TFA:

It has been a generation since anyone has crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the United States using only helium. In fact, the last person to do it was the great balloonist Colonel Joe Kittinger, in 1984. Decades have passed, and no one has made the crossing from the USA using only helium since.

Re:Difference? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,2 days | (#44844223)

now that's a funny question, only because the answer is long distance trips with helium were done over half a century ago and it was boring and common long before most slashdotters were born. the craft usually had mulitple chambers so not a single "balloon". So there is indeed nothing new here,

Re:Difference? (1)

metamarmoset (2728667) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838759)

Exactly my thoughts [wikipedia.org] . (transatlantic in 1944)

Re:Difference? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838765)

perhaps with hydrogen...

Re:Difference? (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838813)

...or Nitrous Oxide..

Re:Difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839711)

Hydrogen works better for ballooning, but nitrous oxide would be funnier.

Re:Difference? (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838829)

So there is really such a big difference between one big balloon and lots of small balloons containing the same volume of helium?

The former takes just one BB gun pellet to bring down.

Re:Difference? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,2 days | (#44844289)

not very quickly, the pressure is a couple percent over atmospheric. it gets even more interesting with airships with their multiple chambers, an airship 600 tested by UK DERA took *several hundred* rounds of automatic gunfire and still floated for a couple hours.

Re:Difference? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | 1 year,2 days | (#44846447)

Thats really neat =) I never would have thought to ask that question, but the answer is pretty cool and informative. Would love to see more airships. I always wanted one for personal transportation. I figure it would be a pretty feasible and safe mass transit system, fuck trains.

alas.... the human race... omg

Man Trying to Get Arrested (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838815)

fix'd

Re:Man Trying to Get Arrested (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838949)

It's a licensed aircraft.

N878UP

See, it is certified airworthy;

http://www.clusterballoon.com/UP/assets/UP_N878UP_AirworthinessCertificate.html

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N878UP.html

Re:Man Trying to Get Arrested (2)

Muad'Dave (255648) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839967)

As such, you can track it at http://www.flightradar24.com/ [flightradar24.com] - just search for it.

Re:Man Trying to Get Arrested (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44841325)

Why did you replace that "e" with an apostrophe? It really makes you look stupid.

Yeah, nice move Accenture... (3, Insightful)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838817)

So this guys is wasting one of humankind's most precious resource [dailymail.co.uk] on a useless stunt to promote his company. That's real slick, that.

Note to self: never do business with Accenture.

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | 1 year,3 days | (#44838823)

What I'm wondering is: how did he get authorization to obtain such a large sum of helium from the Canadian government? Which official thought this was a good idea and allowed him to go forward with this plan?

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

Megane (129182) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839671)

Maybe he told them he was going to use it to find their missing maple syrup. [businessweek.com]

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839151)

So this guys is wasting one of humankind's most precious resource on a useless stunt to promote his company. That's real slick, that.

Note to self: never do business with Accenture.

How much is wasted annually on party balloons and in parades? Your concern is admirable but misplaced. This stunt is a drop in the ocean compared to annual use of helium for triviality.

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839765)

EVERY individual use of helium for balloons is a drop in the ocean compared to the total usage of helium for balloons annually. That goes without saying. But the total usage is made up of NOTHING BUT individual usages. Saying that an individual case is acceptable by virtue of being small compared to the total of all individual cases makes no sense.

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

Deadstick (535032) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839991)

Well, if car analogies don't work and we have to resort to oceanic analogies, you could compare MRI scanners to the Indian Ocean, industrial uses to the Pacific, and sports/entertainment usage to Chesapeake Bay...

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

turp182 (1020263) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839453)

I'm more worried about oil to be honest. We get a lot of helium from natural gas production (typically about 1% of production is helium), which the US has been seeing a lot of these days.

Comparing one person flying across an ocean using party balloons to the 10s of millions of people driving to work every day is a non-starter. Oil is more precious to our society than helium, yet most of us waste it without a second thought (I drive to maximize MPG, but I don't cut down on driving).

MRI machines represent the largest use of helium, about 28% (weather and party balloons, 7%). If the Dr. can't get gasoline to drive to work to use the MRI machine then it really doesn't matter.

Usage Link: http://articles.mcall.com/2010-12-21/opinion/mc-helium-explaint-20101221_1_helium-balloons-natural-gas [mcall.com]

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839899)

Obviously you've never had to deal with the TSA.

Re:Yeah, nice move Accenture... (1)

tompaulco (629533) | 1 year,3 days | (#44841379)

So this guys is wasting one of humankind's most precious resource [dailymail.co.uk] on a useless stunt to promote his company. That's real slick, that.

Note to self: never do business with Accenture.

There's plenty more helium in our very own solar system. Just ask that big yellow thingy in the sky for some.

I work in consulting... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44838841)

From linked article:
"And, on the Accenture website, Trappe details strapping into his office chair, tying up 55 helium balloons and fling over the North Carolina countryside - at about 15,000 feet."

So now you know why they are so expensive and what exactly they do while "working" for you.

Re:I work in consulting... (2)

Xiaran (836924) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839235)

Hey anything that results in the injury or death of an Accenture is OK by me.

failure (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839175)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57602788/n.c-mans-bid-to-cross-atlantic-under-cluster-of-helium-filled-balloons-a-bust/

Obligatory xkcd (2)

paavo512 (2866903) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839203)

Obligatory xkcd (from three days ago!!!): http://what-if.xkcd.com/62/ [xkcd.com]

mod parent up! (1)

pne (93383) | 1 year,7 hours | (#44861507)

I thought of that panel, too.

Scary ride (1)

The Cornishman (592143) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839287)

I took the waypoint info from his tracking map [delorme.com] and stuffed it into a spreadsheet. Synthesizing the vertical speed indications, it seems Mr Trappe may have had problems controlling his altitude: the maximum descent rate was over 600 fpm when approaching the New Brunswick coast, during a descent from 19,835 ft to just 968 ft in fifty minutes. Having bobbed back up to over 15,000 ft he again descended over the sea, this time to just 314 ft above sea level, with the VSI reading -220 fpm over the preceding ten minutes. I'm guessing that that looked like waves coming up pretty fast. I suspect that his ballast and helium might have been depleted to the extent that he was glad to put down in Newfoundland rather than ditch in the Atlantic. No doubt we'll be told shortly.

Gone down! (1)

Bazman (4849) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839289)

His website has, anyway. http://clusterballoon.com/ is giving me 503 errors.

What a great idea . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839301)

I've always wanted to know how to save money on airline tickets! And long waits at the airport security line - Gone! But, uhhh . . so how does he come back the other way?

Re:What a great idea . . . (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | 1 year,3 days | (#44840961)

Just keep going all the way around.

So will this deliver him over the Atlantic? (1)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839319)

So will this be enough to deliver him over the Atlantic?

Accenture IT

Makes sense now, triple the number of balloons and add another two years and he'll get half way there before crashing in an expensive failure.

Old News (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839341)

He just failed....... :(

RIP Larry Walters (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839371)

You will never be forgotten!

prime example of the American spirit (1)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839975)

Lawnchair Larry was truly an American visionary. An inspiration to us all.
And had to deal with the hardship that all such visionaries endure, one way or another.

This guy, and that double-Darwin award winning priest are lame-ass plagiarists.

Predictions (1)

puddingebola (2036796) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839443)

I predict that in the year 2015, mankind will make dirigibles that are capable of flying distances of almost 200 kilometers. I also predict the these new flying machines will be capable of travelling at speeds approaching 30 miles per hour. I predict that the new technology of steam power will revolutionize society, providing cheap and freely available steam to anyone who will need to steam vegetables or other steamy foods. I further predict that by the year 2017, genetically modified horses that are as large as elephants will replace machinery and factories and become a common method of transportation. I also predict that in 2013 a man will attempt to cross the Atlantic using helium balloons, but will crash into the ocean about 10 miles off the Jersey coast and drown.

Track him at flightradar24.com (2)

Muad'Dave (255648) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839569)

Since it's a registered aircraft with a transponder, you can track it HERE [flightradar24.com] - just search for N878UP.

Re:Track him at flightradar24.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44840229)

Since I didn't see it posted yet, I think the CBS news this morning said he landed in New Foundland.

Re:Track him at flightradar24.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44840341)

Yes, right by Blow Me Down Provincial Parkl!!

Well, that didn't work out well... (3, Informative)

rootrot (103518) | 1 year,3 days | (#44839619)

Re:Well, that didn't work out well... (1)

Morris Thorpe (762715) | 1 year,3 days | (#44840407)

Gotta give him credit for a sense of humor. From the article,
By Thursday evening, he was well on his way, headed toward Newfoundland. But a couple of hours later, he posted that he'd landed. "This doesn't look like France," he posted on Facebook.

MythBusters (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44839891)

MythBusters tried it already [discovery.com] . It didn't work on a 2000+ group of balloons tied to a child (poor kid!). What makes you think that it will work on a fully grown adult?

Re:MythBusters (1)

cusco (717999) | 1 year,3 days | (#44841113)

How about the fact that Mythbusters is staffed by glory-seeking idiots with poor experimental methodology and an absurd sense of self-importance?

Re:MythBusters (1)

rubycodez (864176) | 1 year,3 days | (#44841931)

eh? people have levitated themselves with helium filled weather balloons, one man attached them to a lawn chair, look it up

He may want to fire his meteorologist (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,3 days | (#44840433)

We're waiting for the "turnaround" winds to launch our payload on a helium balloon. He would have known better about waiting until after it confirmed to have passed his location prior to his attempted adventure.

Obligatory IT Crowd (1)

barlevg (2111272) | 1 year,3 days | (#44840503)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNKD4b4Kaa0&t=1m4s [youtube.com]
Jen: Freddy, that bloke that did the charity thing where he tied the balloons to the chair.
Roy: Oh yeah...
Jen: Such a lovely idea. Floating from London to Glasgow to promote optimism...
Jen: Anyway, there's a collection for his wife and kids...
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