Balloon 2 Blimp

3689564394?profile=originalI 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)


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- "Glowing Balloon Blimps" published on Hack a Day

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

  • "Glowing Balloon Blimps" published on Hack a Day

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

  • Kenosho,

    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. 

  • Great!

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

  • >Jack


    I wanted to make a performance available even in ordinary spaces (not only in high-ceiled spaces). But I am also interested in the trial you have mentioned. 

  • Admin

    Interesting Project.  But why do you need it to keep going up and down. I would want it to maintain almost constant height and heading. Then hanging a small camera would give me flying study cam :).

  • That takes a lot of patience & balancing.  If someone could make a fan & sonar module small enough, it just might go all the way.

  • >Acorn
    The diameter of the balloon is about 50 cm when inflated.

  • What size is the balloon?

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