Black Sky Project-High Altitude Prototype Balloon Craft

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Various Investigations and thoughts
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From being a young boy I have also had an interest in space. Though getting up there was an obvious problem. I remember going to the headmaster of the primary school I went to at Sherwood School in Browns Bay, Auckland, New Zealand and telling him that a neighbourhood friend and I were trying to make a spacecraft. It was funny we collected all these different old electronic parts and devices though never eventuated to anything of real substance. I recall playing with bottle sky rockets and sometimes doing some very dangerous things. I also launched an water rocket across the street. The neighbours I think were worried about me.

Now I am a paranormal investigator, semi pro photographer and graphic artist. I will be producing a documentary on a prototype weather balloon craft that I have designed and been working on since March of 2010. I hope to break the 145,590.60 ft record.

Now there is something very different about this high altitude balloon project that sets it above all the rest. Traditional only in the sense that latex balloons are being used. What makes this so different is that multiple giant balloons will be used to help with ascending higher. The more room for expansion of the balloon the more altitude it will gain. The latex eventually ruptures due to expansion stress. I am a scuba diver with going under the ocean gases compress the deeper you descend and the more air one needs to stay longer. With ascending into the heavens its the opposite with air pressure. There is another aspect which no one has attempted with this set-up in history (ahem I say no more at this point.)  The shape of the payload/s will be much more aerodynamic. No flying boxes. It has proved to be a lot more expensive than I anticipated because of the materials I am using and the sky breaking idea I have. It is named “Black Sky Project.” Now I am hoping this craft will go where no ground launched balloon has gone before. Included in the design is a solar sail. A scientist would tell me I am crazy because solar winds occur where balloons don’t go though I have an ace up my sleeve. This will be similar to NASA’s Echo 1 project in scope. I am seriously considering taking this idea to Kickstarter as it is turning out to be a mammoth endeavor. If this project does what I think it could do it will be a historical event.

I  recently attained my amateur radio license to track this craft.

  1. mrnewzealand says:

    It’s based on when I get the funds for the large amount of helium (which is in high demand and low supply), balloons, electronics and camera gear. When I first started I did not realize the huge challenge this would be for myself personally and by myself. Now if I was sending a small balloon + payload it would be a lot easier and since this is more of a complex set-up a lot more can go wrong. If it works it will be amazing.


  2. mrnewzealand says:

    One further endeavor is that I am to make a giant custom mylar balloon which will encase one of the large balloons. I will have to manufacture by hand heat setting the seams together. I should imagine this will be highly viewable. The sunlight reflecting off the metallic shell is likely to bring reports of “UFO’s” in the sky following the similar path as the Phoenix lights (if it follows the prevailing wind pattern) though I will not launch if it is likely to go over a densely populated area. One of the main concerns I have is securing a supply of helium as the lifting gas. An alternative would be to use hydrogen which is a lot more affordable though obviously with risk of using an potentially explosive gas. Note if there is anyone who has access to a large amount of helium please contact me. 🙂


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