Fedor Konyukhov wants to break two world records in balloons

© RIA Novosti / Oleg Smysloviye in photosangelina and Archpriest Feodor Konyukhov. Archival photoFedor Konyukhov wants to break two world records in balloons© RIA Novosti / Oleg Smysloviye the image Bank

Traveler Fyodor Konyukhov is going in 2019 and 2020 to set two world records in balloons – up to 25 kilometers into the stratosphere and make a double circumnavigation flight, told RIA Novosti the chief of staff of the expeditions of Oscar grooms.


«Flight in the stratosphere at 25 km by a balloon in April next year from Australia. The ball is already built,» said grooms.

He also noted that it is the largest balloon ever created in the history of Aeronautics: the volume of its shell is 100 thousand cubic meters. In December 2018 it is planned to test the stuffing in England, where he made the balloon. After this sheath, capsule and all accessories will be sent to Australia.

«The program includes two flights on two continents. The first flight will be held in Australia in March-April 2019. A second flight is planned in September 2019 in Russia. Flight in Australia will be considered training,» – said at the headquarters of Fyodor Konyukhov.

The current world altitude record for a heat balloon belongs to a pilot from India Vijaypath of Singhania (Vijaypat Singhania) was established in November 2005. The Indians managed to climb to an altitude of 21 thousand feet.


Also developed a balloon for double non-stop circumnavigation, which is scheduled for the summer of 2020, said grooms, Jr.

«The British – manufacturers of the globe said that in 1999 people were in the air for 19 days, and you did that in 11. The second turnover to add another week, we believe that two turns is possible. And begun designing the ball,» said grooms.

In the history of the development of the airspace of the Earth there were only three successful round the world flight on the balloon. In 1999, the crew Bertrand Piccard (Switzerland) and Brian Jones (UK) over a 19-day trip around the planet in the Northern hemisphere (Switzerland — Egypt). This was the third attempt of the team.

In 2002, the American pilot Steve Fossett six attempts made a single round-the-world flight in the southern hemisphere. The route ran from West to East, from Australia to Australia. The pilot was spent on this route is 13 days, showing a record speed of 320 kilometres per hour.

In addition, there were ten unsuccessful attempts to make a circumnavigation in a balloon.

In 2016, the Russian pilot Fyodor Konyukhov on the first attempt flew around the world in 11 days and set two world records: speed and length of the route traveled. The route ran from West to East, from Australia to Australia.