Russian priest to build world’s largest hot air balloon

The largest hot air balloon in the world is going to be built by a Russian adventurer and a hot air balloon company which is based in Bristol.

Fedor Konyukhov, who is also an orthodox priest, set out on an adventure earlier this year, when he broke the record for travelling the world in a hot air balloon. He flew solo round the world, non-stop, in a new record time of 11 days, 5 hours and 32 minutes.

The intrepid explorer has now decided he would like to fly a hot air balloon into the stratosphere. However, to be able to achieve this, the balloon will have to be 30 times larger than a regular balloon, as the air at 70,000 feet is much thinner.

Cameron Balloons will be assisting Fedor in his adventure, hoping to craft the balloon which will transport him there. Fedor is planning the new adventure already, saying:

“I always dreamt of being an astronaut. I became a balloon pilot instead but I still hold the dream of seeing the curve of the planet beneath me and the black sky of the cosmos above.”

Organisers have to raise £700,000 to be able to cover the costs before the flight can take place. Fedor hopes that the expedition will take place next year. According to the owner of Cameron Balloons, the latest technology now makes it possible to set this new record. For Fedor, this is just the latest in his series of adventures.

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