Scientists recreate floating house from movie ‘Up!’March 8th, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 8 (ANI): A team of scientists have recreated the flying house from Pixar movie ‘Up!’, and have proven that it can actually fly.
The team from National Geographic, comprising of scientists, engineers, two balloon pilots and dozens of volunteers, used 300 helium-filled weather balloons to get the small house 10,000 feet into the air.
“We found that it is actually close to impossible to fly a real house,” the Daily Mail quoted executive producer Ben Bowie as saying.
Producer Ian White added: “But what we can do is kind of fly a light-weight house and fly it safely with people on board.”
The balloons were eight-feet high and filled with a whole tank of helium, and besides getting the house to fly, the team also set a world record for largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted.
The experiment was done as part of a new National Geographic TV series ‘How Hard Can it Be?’
The 4.8m x 4.8m x 5.5m house flew across California’s High Desert for about an hour with two people inside, just like the Disney Pixar film.
The new series will premier in the autumn. (ANI)
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