P3_3 Around the World in 82Pb

Daniel Worthy, Robert Garner, Jenny Gregory, Jessica Taylor-Ashley


Hot air balloons are often made of lightweight material in order to improve the performance of such a craft. In this paper we discuss whether a hot air balloon made of lead could fly. We considered the lift generated by the heated air inside the balloon and concluded that a lead balloon could fly providing that the lead shell was less than 0.011mm thick.

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