6-year-old takes off in family's experimental helium-balloon craft (well, not really)

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  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    This is just unreal. Watching it on TV as we speak.

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I saw that today as well. Technically this should get him intothe record books as well. :D
     
  3. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    MSNBC is running live video. This poor kid is flying in this friggin' balloon and has been as high as 10,000 feet. I don't think this will end well. THey have no way of recovering this balloon.
     
  4. kymac macrumors 6502a

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    i cant even think of a way to possibly rescue this boy.. the only outcome i see is a very long fall with no realistic chance of ending well :(
     
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Let's pray (hope, wish good thoughts, whatever) this has a happy ending.
     
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    Get a stunt pilot to try to hook it from a slow flying biplane and drag it down is about the only thing I could imagine. Or hook it from a helicopter. Though either of these could shred the balloon if its skin is not very strong.

    If they could get a Coast Guard chopper there and it can fly high enough they may be able to wench a rescuer down to the kid. If the winds are not too strong.
     
  8. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    Holy crap? Do you see how fast that thing flies? That boy must be having a blast running away from the cops! :D
     
  9. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Uh, oh… it looks like it is losing helium… hopefully very gradually!
     
  10. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    two helicopters and a very large fishing net. they could slowly force it down.

    I wonder about the temperatures and amount of O2 at 10,000 feet.
     
  11. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    There's just so many things wrong with this!

    I know when I was a kid, my dad never let me anywhere near our experimental helium balloon craft...

    :rolleyes:
     
  12. ZachsMacDaddy macrumors 6502

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    I hope it descends slowly. But at that speed, the landing is going to be very very rough and the thing has a thin plywood base that is not attached well according to the dad.

    legally the dad is gonna be in some trouble I assume. Lost of $ tied up now in chasing this thing down.

    I really really hope he lands safely and makes it home. I just keep thinking about my own 5 year old and it's hard to imagine what the boy must be going through.
     
  13. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    The National Guard is launching a helicopter. If they have a plan, they are not sharing it with the media.
     
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ^ that and holy crap, they're rerouting planes now?
     
  15. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    How is he breathing in there?

    I mean, if it's all helium, or mostly helium, and, as far as I can tell, there's no basket, where is the kid?
     
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  17. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    Bad piece of engineering. Unstable on decent sequence. It looks like it's rolling him all arround.
     
  18. arkitect macrumors 601

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    It is a separate container attached to the bottom…
    If he was breathing helium he'd be long dead… his last words very squeeky…
     
  19. ZachsMacDaddy macrumors 6502

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    There's a basket, but it's practically closed off. At least that's how the description was earlier, but now they are questioning it again.

    The MSNBC live feed just discussed that. They say that it's unknown whether the helium is sealed enough. If not, he may breathe in too much gas and would suffocate.

    He's dropping about 2000ft per hour now.
     
  20. IntheNet macrumors regular

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    I have a hard time believing this is real... isn't this sort of the script for that Disney movie "Up"?
     
  21. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Holy S***! I'd had to say it, but the poor kid is probably gone.:(:(:( That high, the air would be pretty thin and really, really cold.
     
  22. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Reading the article is says it has the potential to go to 10,000ft. The BBC news says it MAY have gone as high as 7,000ft.

    Still, it only takes a fall of 6 feet to kill you, and I've no idea about oxygen at 7,000 feet.
     
  23. MacNut macrumors Core

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    So this thing is now about 500 feet and falling slowly.
     
  24. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816

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    Exactly.
    And a Baloon expert said it would be listing up and down more if he was in there. I think he might not be in there

    Edit: CNN has updated-The boy doesnt seem to be in there. Whew
     
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