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Tether allows for passengers getting up and down, while balloon stays launched in air
Be it a hot air, solar or helium balloon, dirigible
("Zeppelin") or blimp, with or without kite
aerodynamics, you climb up and down the tether,
rather than releasing gas or adding pressure.
It can become a sport, and may be more economic
pulling the whole thing down, or landing it.
like a ship it could "anchor" and then continue on
air journey, never actually landing.
Version 2 has a lightweight thin rope, when dropped
the ground it has a small rc plane at its end which
tows the rope to a nearby anchoring station, where a
larger and stronger
rope is sent up, attached to the balloon and used for
climbing or descending. When done the heavier rope
This guy's all over it.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 05 2012]
||Hey, this idea got no critics! First time in my