I made a blimp made of an ordinary balloon and a simple gondola. The gondola can be easily equipped to the tie of a balloon.

It includes

 - a small motor

 - a propeller

 - a microcomputer (Arduino Pro Mini)

 - LEDs

 - an ultrasonic sensor

 - a battery.

The helium-filled blimp goes up by rotating its propeller. When the distance between the ground and itself grows to a certain length, the blimp detects it by the ultrasonic sensor and turn off its motor and LEDs. Then it goes down (by its own weight) and turns on the motor and LEDs when it reaches the ground. There appears a space like darkness in the water with light emitting bubbles going up by flying these blimps repeating the cycle of this motion.

The blimps fly for about 30 mins. 

A Space with 4 Blimps


Simple Video (from vimeo)


For further information, please leave comments.


- Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Balloon-2-Blimp/

- "Glowing Balloon Blimps" published on Hack a Dayhttp://hackaday.com/2014/01/02/glowing-balloon-blimps/

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Comment by Lucas on December 26, 2013 at 8:05am


A student here with us did something similar with a quadcopter, a while ago. This is very cool!

Comment by Marc Edgar on December 28, 2013 at 3:31am


Thank you for sharing.  The gondola design is great.  The simplicity of the electronics is very nice.

It looks like a great piece of art. 

Thanks for taking the time to write.  Please post again we would love to see more of your work. 

Comment by Kensho Miyoshi on December 28, 2013 at 11:29pm

>Lucas Thank you. I wish the students with you share their quadcopter here :)
>Marc Thanks for nice comment!  I promise to keep posting.

Comment by Kensho Miyoshi on January 4, 2014 at 3:39am
Comment by Kensho Miyoshi on January 30, 2014 at 5:45am

I uploaded the drawing of gondola in instructables.com. Hope this will be your help.


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