Sunday, December 11, 2011

Balloon Car Dimensions

The suit fitted to its seat; the black discs represent the diameter of standard 20-gal fuel tanks (6), the blue tape on the floor represents the basic balloon car (gondola) frame; the black line on the upright PVC pipes represents the height of the fuel tanks. I'm waiting for one element of the pressure suit to arrive in the mail, so today I took some time to sketch out some of the essential dimensions of the balloon car. This configuration will require total reorganization of the electrical panel and the breathing gas supply tanks & hoses, but that's fine, what I've built so far has always just been a testbed to be sure everything is working. Later tonight, back to grading, but for the moment, I'm taking a break to work out some of these basic dimensions.

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