The biggest balloon in the world today is the Aerocraft ML866, which is still under construction, but the largest solar-powered balloon in the world is actually flying in the sky.
This super balloon called Yuanmeng (meaning 'Dream') came from China, made its first flight this month. Itinerary starts from the Xilinhot area of Inner Mongolia to test the system of machinery and operation capability. According to reports, the 75m long balloon made a test flight lasting 48 hours at an altitude of 20km above sea level.
Illustration. Source: Popular science.
At its maximum length, the super-balloon Yuanmeng has an enormous size when it is inflated with approximately 18,000 cubic meters of air. Yuanmeng high total of 22m and can carry a heavy weight from 4.5 to 6.3 tons.
According to the manufacturers, Yuanmeng uses helium to fly and depends largely on solar energy to provide electronic systems while operating in the air. The balloon can fly continuously for six months without rest and the energy is synthesized from the sun's rays thanks to the sun panels placed on the top of the balloon.
According to People's Daily, the super-balloon Yuanmeng will be used for telecommunication purposes . The ship will be integrated with many functions including broadband communication, data relay, terrain observation with high definition image as well as aerial photography.
Illustration. Source: People's Daily.
This solar and gas helium balloon marked the return of high technology adoption of older moving methods. Yuanmeng will open exciting and wonderful journeys in the sky and last for many days.