“How do you steer a hot air balloon?” – Lab_13 Irchester

DSCN0007On Friday the 18th we had a hot air balloon expert come in to Lab_13 Irchester. This great opportunity wouldn’t have happened if I, Madison Allingham, had not asked “How do you steer a hot air balloon?” and was eager to find out as much as I could. So, to help us and Miss Hogan answer this question and many other questions, we got experts Wendy and John from the British Balloon and Aircraft Club to come and tell us all about balloon science. The thing that makes it go up is the air heating up by propane gas reacting oxygen and ignited by the pilot light which is a flame. The people that came didn’t just bring them self they also brought one of their hot air balloons. It was awesome. We learnt about the different materials used in the ballon, the technology they use and how the weather affects how you steer. Basically, you just have to go where the wind channels blow you! We had to be serious and listen as we were explaining to the little foundations about what we had learnt. We had an awesome time leaning about balloon science. Thank you Wendy and John!

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2 Responses to “How do you steer a hot air balloon?” – Lab_13 Irchester

  1. What fun! And what did the ‘little foundations’ have to say about it? Cathy (Ignite!)

  2. Rick says:

    Hi Madison – well that was a pretty awesome question to ask.. now as you mention balloons I just happen to be in one of the best places in the world for balloon rides – Albuquerque New Mexico in the south United States.. sadly I’m not going to have enough time to go up in one myself..
    but here is a link (hope it works) to a spectacular picture – http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ballooning+albuquerque&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&biw=1097&bih=611&tbm=isch&tbnid=OdTDD0Kskp4r6M:&imgrefurl=http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/02/travel/hot-air-balloon-rides/&docid=K5DMhIu-9UWY7M&imgurl=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/120730063236-albuquerque-international-balloon-festival-1-horizontal-gallery.jpg&w=640&h=360&ei=fDNnUo3sFZS-kQfwvIHgBA&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:12,s:0,i:117&iact=rc&page=2&tbnh=168&tbnw=286&start=12&ndsp=16&tx=148&ty=56

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