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Oct 15, 2009, 05:15 PM
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From this article, it appears something did fall off. Not good.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.as...161&catid=339#
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Oct 15, 2009, 05:17 PM
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From this article, it appears something did fall off. Not good.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.as...161&catid=339#

If this is good information and Deputy did not have Floaters in his eyes then, this will be very SAD for the entire family and I do not think DAD will ever be the same.

Really sad way to lose a child by a freak accident from a device the Dad built himself.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:19 PM
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One reason I might doubt the deputy's story, is that if a 60 lb weight was detached from the balloon, it would experience a pretty sharp ascent rate and be a lot higher in altitude in a very short time.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:25 PM
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Oops, cnn just aired a pic of the balloon with what looks like an object apparently falling; not good
Oct 15, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Was that balloon even big enough to lift a 6 year old kid ? It looks smaller than the bunch of balloons the Mythbusters had to assemble to lift that little girl...

I pray that is the case.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:35 PM
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Wouldn't it be pretty simple to find the lifting capacity of the balloon and find out if it was big enough to carry a six year old? Seems to me that would be the place to start.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:38 PM
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I think the father is making a big hoax to gain his (another) 5 min. of infamy.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Oct 15, 2009, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mikefast
Wouldn't it be pretty simple to find the lifting capacity of the balloon and find out if it was big enough to carry a six year old? Seems to me that would be the place to start.

quick math (off the top of myhead)

60 pounds would take a box 65 feet by 65 feet by 65 feet (wrong)

960 cubic feet of gas and a weightless bag..

That saucer is too small by a factor of at least ten..
it is a hoax

quick math is not a good idea for expensive projects..

The balloon needs to be about three times bigger that that saucer was

not ten
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Oct 15, 2009, 05:50 PM
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Oct 15, 2009, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Eljimb0
quick math (off the top of myhead)

60 pounds would take a box 65 feet by 65 feet by 65 feet

That saucer is too small by a factor of at least ten..
it is a hoax
That or the kid had seen 'Night Crossing' and was just trying to defect from the Peoples Rebublik of Kolorado...
Oct 15, 2009, 05:58 PM
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a cubic foot of helium will lift one ounce
Oct 15, 2009, 05:59 PM
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Even if the balloon could not directly "lift" the boy it could have become lite enough for the wind to do it.
I hope and pray that this is just a hoax or the kid is scared and hiding somehwhere so he doesn't get paddled for losing dad's balloon.
Oct 15, 2009, 05:59 PM
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It might have had enough lifting capacity. Helium has a lifting power of roughly 1kg per cubic meter. If the balloon dimensions comprised a cylinder of approximately 6meters diameter by 1 meter tall, then it would have had a volume of approximately 29cubic meters = 29kg or 64lb lifting force.
Thanks, that is what I was driving at. It seems to me that the builder would have the dimensions and would know how heavy the boy was, and if the thing was big enough to lift him. It seems that would be the place to start.
Oct 15, 2009, 06:04 PM
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